“Those People”: The Economic Realities Of Demonizing ‘Otherness’

those people otherness

Most of us have been in conversations that included someone’s dismissive reference to “those people.” When I was growing up in Anderson, Indiana (with exactly 30 Jewish families in the whole town), the term was often applied to Jews. It was also–and remains–a favored euphemism when race is being discussed by people who don’t like to think of themselves as […]

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Two Countries, Both American

Two Countries, Both American

There’s an important new book by Peter Temin, professor emeritus of economics at MIT, titled The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy.  It paints a depressing  portrait of America and the evaporation of what used to be a healthy middle class. His assertion: America is no longer a single country. Instead, we are two separate nations, and those […]

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Trump’s Terrifying Question: “Why Was There The Civil War?”

Trump spoke of the Civil War and Andrew Jackson

In a radio interview with “Main Street Meets the Beltway” that aired today on SiriusXM, Donald Trump not only claimed Andrew Jackson was very angry about the Civil War and could have done things differently had he held office later, but outright questioned why the war happened in the first place. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil […]

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Trump Effect: GOP Candidates Running on White Supremacist Platform

Corey Stewart & Sheri Few promote white supremacy and Confederacy support

Since his election in November, Donald Trump can claim one major national change over the course of his first 100 days in office: the normalization of specific types of hate speech. While the rise in hate crimes and hubris of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups offers tangible proof of this change, the emergence of far-right mainstream white supremacist GOP political candidates demonstrates just […]

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Separation of Powers: Trump’s Loose Grasp of Basic Civics

Donald Trump and civics - civic ignorance is dangerous

Following a U.S. District judge’s decision to block his controversial sanctuary cities executive order, Donald Trump (and many of his surrogates, supporters and right-wing media mouthpieces) lashed out questioning the very constitutional foundations that keep government power in check. His criticism is the latest in a long line of commentary aimed at delegitimizing the constitutional role of the Judiciary. Trump’s Reaction “First the Ninth Circuit rules […]

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Trump, Le Pen and Racism

Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen

On “Last Week Tonight,” his brilliant take on the world we inhabit, John Oliver spent considerable time discussing the upcoming French elections. The entire segment is worth watching–it’s informative as well as hilarious (if depressing can be hilarious)–but one quote really struck home. “One of the frustrating things about watching this unfold from America, is this feels a little like […]

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The Tide Is Turning: Chaffetz, Ossoff, & O’Reilly

Tide Turning: Chaffetz, O’Reilly, Ossoff

Signs began emerging over the last few days that the tide may be turning against the fringe conservative takeover that started several years ago with the influx of Tea Party politicians. What began on November 9, 2016 as loosely-organized outrage morphed into a well-organized resistance with representation in literally every district in the nation (red and blue alike). That reactionary outrage changed again though […]

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