The Abortion Debate Is No Longer About Policy

An unusually insightful post on a third-rail topic. Highly recommended – here’s a snippet to motivate a full reading: Ainsworth’s actions reflect an audacious disrespect that is now ubiquitous in our politics. The lieutenant governor, I imagine, was thinking something like: They have Hollywood. They manipulated the courts to establish abortion rights by fiat. They mock […]

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What the College-Admissions Scandal Reveals – The Atlantic

But what accounted for the intensity of emotion these parents expressed, their sense of a profound loss, of rage at being robbed of what they believed was rightfully theirs? They were experiencing the same response to a changing America that ultimately brought Donald Trump to office: white displacement and a revised social contract. The collapse […]

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Unmarked

In addition to being one of my favorite Yaz tunes: I discovered today that it’s also a sociology term Sociologists have a very useful concept: the unmarked category.  An unmarked category is present when the category is considered so normal or ordinary in a particular context that it goes unnoticed.  The category is the default […]

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Economic Distress Did Drive Trump’s Win

Economic Distress Did Drive Trump’s Win By Thomas Ferguson, Benjamin Page, Jacob E. Rothschild, Arturo Chang, and Jie Chen OCT 31, 2018 | INSTITUTIONS, POLICY & POLITICS Contrary to the dominant media narrative, social issues like racism and sexism on their own can’t explain Trump’s success. Donald Trump’s election in 2016 as president of the […]

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The Empty Core of the Trump Mystique | The New Republic

Another pertinent factor is envy, a basic human emotion that rising social inequality can only exacerbate. To put it in cruder terms: “The world sucks for me, so I am going to make it suck for you too. I have lost my job, my status as a white male, and may even lose my gun. […]

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The Cruelty Is the Point – The Atlantic

Trump’s only true skill is the con, his only fundamental belief is that the United States is the birthright of straight, white, Christian men, and his only real, authentic pleasure is in cruelty. It is that cruelty, and the delight it brings them, that binds his most ardent supporters to him, in shared scorn for […]

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