Monthly Archives: March 2021

Andrew Cuomo: The Donald Rumsfeld of his Generation

It looks like I got the whole “Cuomosexual” phenomenon right last Spring. I wonder if the Democrats will end up throwing him under the bus.

Writers Without Money

rumsfeld I suppose I should have put a “trigger warning” in the title for this one. I apologize if anybody was traumatized.

One of the biggest mistakes the left made during the George W. Bush era was to cede the debate on 9/11 to the far right. Not only did respectable far left intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and Alexander Cockburn dismiss the 9/11 Truth movement out of hand, we failed to understand that 9/11 was the central historical event of the early 2000s. One traumatic event put the American people to sleep, at least until Hurricane Katrina rang out like a loud alarm clock alerting us to the incompetence of the Bush Administration. One traumatic event allowed George W. Bush and the American the ruling class to lock political and economic institutions (like the Patriot Act and ICE) into place that we still haven’t abolished, and probably won’t within my lifetime…

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Are Declassed Professionals in the United States like Surplus Song Dynasty Civil Servants?

An interesting examination of the “woke” ideology (also called “political correctness”) as the product of the overproduction of elites in American society.

Benjamin Studebaker

I’ve been reading Youngmin Kim’s A History of Chinese Political Thought. In one of his chapters, he argues that during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), a peculiar kind of “metaphysical republicanism” took root. As the Chinese population increased, the Song state struggled to create enough jobs in the state bureaucracy to accommodate larger and larger numbers of educated young men. Unable to pursue political power through the conventional pathways, these young men invented a new kind of political theory to make sense of their positions (or lack thereof). Kim’s description of this theory is eerily reminiscent of the kind of thinking that has become increasingly popular among what I like to call the “fallen” professionals–people with university degrees who have been unable to secure stable, prestigious positions within the power structure.

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