In today’s political climate, it is easy to focus on each day’s new flood of awfulness and lose sight of The Big Problems. But rest assured, the biggest problem of all—inequality—is still getting worse. And now it’s getting worse in a more malignant way.
A signature Republican proposal is the idea of adding work requirements to social programs like SNAP (food stamps) and even, some propose, to Medicaid. What would this actually mean?
Do you think that anyone in the Trump administration actually, truly cares that Saudi Arabia probably kidnapped, murdered, and disappeared a journalist? I will tell you the answer: no.
This is actually, without exaggeration, without sloganeering, how fascism happens.
There are those who believe that with great power comes great responsibility. Then there is the ruling political party of the United States.
AMARILLO, TEXAS—The Democratic candidate for Congress in the most Republican congressional district in America does not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Ever. Nor does he wear an American flag lapel pin. Ever. He prefers a small golden pin of the Constitution, etched with the phrase “We The People.” “I don’t have…
“Why is our system of government so dysfunctional?” we ask ourselves periodically, decade after decade, without ever changing it. The solution, I think, is to round up all the biggest problems and kill them with one shot.
I rob you on a dark, deserted street at night. You call the police. You describe me. The police find me. You confirm it was me. You testify against me. I go to jail. This sort of thing is completely normal.
In much of the US, the mere mention of tax increases will prompt cries of “Socialism! Venezuela!” Meanwhile, in the UK: they are planning to just seize parts of companies for the workers.
Radical political parties on the far right and far left often function as outside critics of elected politicians. What happens when they actually get elected? According to new research: a backlash.
Visions of blue waves and leftist insurgencies are roiling the Democratic Party. As a result, we are all subject to fretting by members of the Democratic establishment. They are lying to themselves. And if you fear what’s happening, so are you.
Bald industrialist Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon and America’s richest man, has officially waded into the midterms with a $10 million PAC donation. It is reflective of his absolute inability to spend money in a socially good way.
During these dangerous times, we must have the courage to do what is right: Wear Nike shoes and work for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Last night, Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis won the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor in Florida, setting up what will be, for the political press corps, the most easily narrative-ized political race in the country. This shit is really being set up on a tee.
Leadership: What is he? Are men born, of mothers, blessed with a cloak of leadership, clerics of a sort, draped not in flags but in the aforementioned cloaks of leadership? Or is leadership a mere will-o-the-wisp that blesses men momentarily before flitting away, a phantom, off on wings, slipping bonds, to the land of…
“Inequality,” particularly of the economic variety, can seem abstract. It sometimes fails to move us as much as it should. Some delight in positioning it as somehow separate and apart from the concerns of “identity politics.” IT’S ALL THE SAME THING.