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How to end a party

This has been a tough few weeks for Republicans. Donald Trump is emerging as a far more complex threat to the party’s viability than most people had initially recognized, your humble blogger included. There remains almost no possibility that the

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Posted in blue wall, Election 2016, Republican Party

Rachel Dolezal and other strange stories of race in America

We found out this week that the NAACP’s city director in Spokane, Washington is a white woman who has been pretending to be black for years. In fact, Rachel Dolezal has invented an entire mythology for herself complete with an

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Posted in Race

McKinney’s Rorschach

Over the course of nine minutes of cell phone footage, most of the world sees a straightforward picture. The amped-up white police officer violently subdues an otherwise compliant, 14-year old black girl in a bikini who had been standing on

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Posted in Civil Rights, Texas

Evangelicals and White Supremacy

There is still today a Southern Baptist Church. More than a century and a half after the Civil War, decades after the Methodists and Presbyterians reunited with their Yankee neighbors, America’s largest Protestant denomination remains defined, right down to the

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Posted in Civil Rights, Election 2016, Neo-Confederate, Religious Right, Republican Party, Tea Party, Texas

The Reparations Article

The Atlantic’s article by Ta-Nehisi Coates on reparations is an absolute must-read for anyone who claims to have an informed opinion about racial matters. For that matter, it’s a must read for anyone with an interest in quality writing or

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Posted in Civil Rights, Race

Race and America’s Lousy Infrastructure

Good analysis from the Noahpinion blog on America’s persistent problems delivering quality public infrastructure. From roads to schools to health to communications and beyond, the world’s richest and most powerful nation looks pretty rickety to those who have spent time

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Posted in Civil Rights

The End of America…Again

In British tradition there is a one-line statement that announces the passing of a monarch: “The King is dead. Long live the King.” A political institution with a 1500 year history spanning war, conquest, and in several instances its own

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Posted in Immigration, Political Theory, Race, Tea Party

The Very First Tea Party Speech

The Tea Party movement plainly has roots in earlier political trends, but it’s tough to pinpoint a seminal moment, a spark out of which this ideology of tribal rage took its modern form.  By accident over the weekend I think

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Race, Tea Party

Reconstruction 2.0 and the Neo-Confederate Backlash

The Federal Reconstruction effort that followed the Civil War is generally regarded as a failure, but over the past few decades a powerful combination of Federal intervention and global capitalism is transforming Southern life in ways that Yankee armies never

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Posted in Economics, Libertarian, Neo-Confederate, Political Theory, Race
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