The Politics of Despair Is All We Have Left

And here we are again just like 2016. Donald Trump, petulant amoral monster of a human being, against an empty neoliberal with a long list of highly problematic political stances paired with a penchant for nepotism and corruption. Lesser of two evils logic dictates that we voters cast our lot with the latter, and if…

A Second Civil War? No, the First One Just Never Ended.

Originally posted on Be Good, America:
A historian friend of mine and another of his friends were talking recently about the possibility of a new Civil War here in the United States. The subject comes up across social media fairly frequently, somewhat hyperbolically. The precise nature of this civil war, however, is being defined as…

On Hopelessness

It is undeniable that we live in a country of devastatingly cruel endings, not of happy ones. They lurk around the corner, peer in through our windows, seep into our homes, and reach across the globe. Our elected representatives deliver them on an almost daily basis.

American Shame

Failure to acknowledge our national shame will ultimately corrupt all of us. A nation of people that reflexively defends the indefensible from its past becomes sociopathic.

See How We Are, 2019

There are rhetorical perils to basing an essay or story on a song that one loves dearly. First, you’re never going to reflect the brilliance or compassion or beauty or whatever it is that touches you. The best you can hope for is sharing a story of your own that the song has some resonance…

Barack Obama Can Shut the Fuck Up Now

If we don’t publicly and loudly acknowledge that the Obama administration was a hollow, symbolic victory followed by eight years of neoliberal clusterfuckery that did almost nothing for the poor, the working class, the middle class and minorities – yes, minorities – then we are likely to keep fighting the zombie Centrists that are Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Pete Fucking Buttigieg for far too long.

Billionaires and the DNC Are Flinging Shit (Candidates) at America All Because of Someone Cable News Won’t Even Talk About

With today’s entry into the Democratic Presidential Primary of blah-blah-blah something something Deval Patrick, the last week has now officially devolved into a full-on reality show about billionaires and their cronies desperately trying to put out the fire raging in their gin-and-Beluga-caviar-soaked disco party here in the good ol’ US of A. To recap, it’s…

Andrew Yang Just Sucker-Punched the #YangGang.

Let me just say this fast: Andrew Yang just sold his Yang Gang some serious political bullshit. If they’re up for eating it will be the judge of their campaign. Yes, their campaign, not his. It has been his fervent supporters who insist that Yang is very similar to Bernie Sanders and preferable even (“Because…