Tag Archives: Donald Trump

America, We Hardly Knew Ye

I’ve had this article in the pipeline for the last couple of weeks now. I’m not sure what it is about it, exactly, that I remain unhappy with; perhaps I’m just unhappy to have been reduced to this sort of tone. At any rate, I have many more thoughts on the election and what’s come […]

Don’t let the Democratic Party Elite Triangulate the Resistance Against Donald Trump

In politics, triangulation is the strategy in which a political candidate presents their ideology as being above or between the left and right sides (or “wings”) of a traditional (e.g. American or British) democratic political spectrum. It involves adopting for oneself some of the ideas of one’s political opponent. The logic behind it is that […]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Or Can You?)

Americans don’t like losing wars. Let’s face it, nobody does, but unlike the British – who had the good sense to realize the Second World War had damaged their empire beyond repair – we Americans sometimes like to fool ourselves into thinking that because our country is so very powerful that it’s all powerful. Since […]

Elegy for the Giant Meteor

The aggressive, repetitive chanting that has come to dominate modern pop music, the way I encounter it in almost identical conditions every day, has elevated its own banality to the realm of the sinister. If there’s a collective unconscious this is its Tell-Tale Heart Moment. I hear repeated over loudspeakers at least 10 times in a […]

Trump and the Culpability of White People, Specifically and Generally

(Note: This article started out as a series of notes I typed in response to a friend who asked me to comment on this article. They’ve been cleaned up but the rambling flow has been retained. Seeing how uncertain the future is in most respects, informal musings seem like as good a form as any […]

Towards a People’s Impeachment

When Carl Higbie, the spokesman for the pro-Trump Great American PAC, told Megyn Kelly of Fox News that the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II would provide a legal precedent for a registry of Muslim Americans under the Trump administration, it wasn’t all that it seemed. He was not proposing that “we” round […]

On Performative Anti-Fascism

A quick tutorial on how to deal with occupying Nazis: 1.) Apply bayonet liberally to carotid artery 2.) Use Nazi as tackling dummy 3.) Go jogging to reduce tension caused by nicotine addiction and worry over narrowly escaped death by slow torture 4.) Stop at your local barber shop for a shave. At the beginning […]

A Quick Comment On My Heavily Pro-Clinton town in New Jersey

According to nj.com my town of Roselle, NJ  is probably among the most pro-Clinton places in all of America. Roselle, a suburb of Elizabeth, is heavily African American and Hispanic, but it still has a lot of white people, 6,240 to be precise, and less than 15% voted for Trump. It’s easy to understand why. […]

The Response to Trump Should be One of Audacity, not Fear

I will not presume to put myself in the place of a Muslim, African American, or woman of color. That Donald Trump is now the president elect has sent a clear message to anybody not a native born white male. “You are not welcome in the United States.” Nevertheless, the Iranian American scholar Reza Aslan, […]

What Happened Tuesday and What We Do Next

(Above: a collection of photographs I took in the southern and northwestern parts of the United States.) So many pieces of writing about this election have used the word “inevitable”. The scariest part of Trump’s ascent as the slow horror has grown into the situation we are now currently living in was this sense of […]