Archive for the ‘Kulturkampf’ Category

If We Can Somehow Bring Ourselves To Take the Long View, We Probably Should….

Revised from a recent comment of mine on this Crooked Timber thread: A sort of Marxist point about our present distempers: the conditions of existence have changed, probably irrevocably, for the Scots-Irish coal miners of West Virginia, the libertarian ranchers of the West, and the industrial workers of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and they’re not happy about […]

From 2008: A House Divided

This was written at the invitation of the founder of a Web site which unfortunately never saw the light of day. Waste not, want not, right?   A House Divided: Can Independent Thinking Flourish in the No-man’s Land of the American Culture Wars? When I was asked recently if I thought that our increasingly vicious culture wars […]

Okay. One More and Then We’re Done (I Hope)

Santorum: Any country which can name a nuclear attack submarine the Corpus Christi can probably reconcile itself to the Sanctum Santorum. Non-Catholics, as always, will shake their heads in disbelief, but who cares about them?

Discomforting the South

From Ta-Nehisi Coates, this eloquent re-statement of fundamental American principles still being trampled on by a legion of racist Dixie apologists. It should be read aloud from every pulpit in the nation. Re-light Frederick Douglass’s torch — here’s someone more than worthy to carry it forward. History is identity. When we erase the painful portions, […]

Yet Another Republican Alternative

Gingrich: Dorian Gray.

Eminently Good Sense

Listening to Noam Chomsky for the first time can be a little like discovering a new species of orchid sprouting in a Wal*Mart parking lot. We think we know where we are — everything looks and sounds the way it’s always looked and sounded — and then, suddenly, familiar perspectives seem to shift. It’s not […]

The Republican Alternatives

Bachmann: Why can’t somebody as ignorant as me make a good President? Think about it. Perry: I’ve always liked tearing the wings off flies, and setting fire to cats. I’m exactly what America needs right now. Romney: I only used to be somebody. Now I’m just like you, so it’s okay to go ahead and vote […]

Fuggedaboudit

Never mind. I definitely will NOT be calling you next Fall to urge you to vote for President Obama. He may very well be the lesser of two evils, but I just donated my shares in the evil-measuring business to the two Davids, Plouffe and Axelrod, who stand to gain far more from them than […]

Saved from the American Conflagration

To be placed in a shrine impervious to Russell Pearce and his bilious followers…. The Declaration of Independence Except for the abused people referred to as …inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages…, and the people transported here against their will from their homes in Africa, and kept in cruel and abject bondage for […]

21st Century Partisanship

The national coalition of misanthropes which is making war on me and mine clearly believes that honesty is a form of mental retardation. Unfortunately, liberal luminaries like Barack Obama, the Clinton dynasty, Rahm Emanuel, Jamie Dimon, and a glittering host of others in the Democratic Party and its affiliates seem to share that belief. They […]