People of Every Land, How Can You Not Be Roused?

People of Every Land, How Can You Not Be Roused?

3

Aug

2017

Today was the first day of the Democratic Socialists of America's national convention.  It's taking place in my own city of Chicago, and it's the first convention since the DSA experienced unprecedented growth in the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the election of Donald Trump.  In addition, it's the first convent ...
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So Why Don’t You?

So Why Don’t You?

27

Jul

2017

Louis C.K. has his fingers in a lot of pies these days.  The great auteur figure of 21st-century comedy maintains, in addition to a robust touring schedule as a stand-up comedian, a production company that shepherds his own television projects.  These include straight-up documentaries, stand-up specials by himself and som ...
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Today We Mourn a Stooge

Today We Mourn a Stooge

25

Jul

2017

Criticizing the Republican Party is always a tricky proposition.  With the election of Donald Trump in particular, it's practically impossible; calling out a moronic huckster who won the election by making jerk-off gestures at the very notion of being a respectable politician is like arguing against a fart.  Part of the r ...
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Beez in the Trap

Beez in the Trap

21

Jul

2017

Friends, colleagues, comrades:  I have a confession.I like Chapo Trap House.Yes, that's right:  I am a big fan of one of the most popular podcasts in existence.  I listen to it regularly; I talk about it with some of my friends; and I look forward to each new episode.  Hell, I even contribute to it financially; I am, i ...
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Gentlemen’s Agreement

Gentlemen’s Agreement

20

Jul

2017

Let us say, just for the sake of argumentation, that you find yourself on the editorial staff of a large national men's fashion or entertainment magazine.  This is nothing to be ashamed of; certainly, it is humiliating and embarrassing, but we all must make a living.  Should you wake up one day in this position, you must ...
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Two Slices of Bread and a Promise

Two Slices of Bread and a Promise

13

Jul

2017

It has come to my attention, after a careful review of American commerce and culture, that what this country truly needs right now is another overpriced sandwich shop.  Please give me ten million dollars in venture capital to make this dream a reality.  All profits from Piercenham's Sandwich Shop, after I buy everything I ...
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A People Disjointed Are Always Disappointed

A People Disjointed Are Always Disappointed

10

Jul

2017

Okay, thanks, Kerry -- that'll wrap up the checkins from the Calligraphy for Stalinists working group. Good job, everybody, and we're all really looking forward to the "Merry Christmas from the Gulag" cards this year.Now, if there's no other new business...yeah, Carl?  Well, that's really old business, Carl, and I...well, ...
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Is It Any Wonder?

Is It Any Wonder?

6

Jul

2017

I wanted to like Wonder Woman.  I really, really did.I've always enjoyed the character, for any number of reasons:  the intriguing backstory of her creator and his motivations; her origin story, steeped in some of the stranger aspects of Greek mythology; her debut during the early days of America's involvement in World W ...
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Crown Thy Good

Crown Thy Good

4

Jul

2017

There was a time when I used to say, in agreement with the great Paul Fussell, that July 4th was the one day we should hold up nothing but praise for the things that make America great. The rest of the year should be given to relentless criticisms of what this country does wrong, and how it can be made to fulfill the promis ...
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Comrades and Cronies

Comrades and Cronies

3

Jul

2017

Who are your comrades?The more time I spend in the political space that involves ground-up building of resistance and alternatives to capitalist hegemony -- call it activism, call it organizing, whatever suits you -- the more I begin to notice the patterns that we use to trip ourselves up just as we start to gain momentum. ...
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Hey Ladies

Hey Ladies

26

Jun

2017

Today's question:  how good can a show about wrestling be if the wresting in the show isn't very good?The answer, at least if the show under discussion is Netflix's new series GLOW, is...well, pretty good, actually!  Maybe that's because of the show's many other strengths, or maybe it's because of the extremely game natu ...
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Superdelegates

Superdelegates

24

Jun

2017

In these exciting times when the only thing Americans love more than billion-dollar superhero movie franchises is petty intra-party political sniping, I thought it might be time to return to a favorite obsession of mind:  the ideological leanings of various comic book characters.  This has been explored in-universe a bit ...
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Concession Stand

Concession Stand

22

Jun

2017

Ladies and gentlemen, my constituents, citizens of my lovely home town of Fleenerville, voters, and Platinum V.I.P. Brunch Club Super-Tee level donors; my beloved wife Plovis, and my two wonderful sons Coho and Spelt, who flew in to support me tonight right after their Offal Studies final at Klumner State Butcher's College; ...
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Show of Force

Show of Force

21

Jun

2017

It is giving no secrets away to say that, growing up, I was a huge nerd.  I am, let us be honest, still a huge nerd, which is why you are reading these words on the pages of a decade-old blog instead of the pages of Entertainment Weekly.  But in some fairly important ways, I was a different kind of nerd than most of my ...
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A Moral with No Fable

A Moral with No Fable

20

Jun

2017

Another week, another flame-out between liberals and the left over which we should ‘choose’ in the alleged battle between class and identity.  Believe me, folks, I don’t like writing these pieces any more than you like reading them, but until we can bury this utterly false dichotomy once and for good, these beatings ...
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