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  • 07/05/17--00:16: Generation Z
  • from Selena Zito,  Why the generation after millennials will vote Republican “They are not as impressed with fame — celebrities, athletes, politicians — as are their predecessors, since fame in their lifetime has become rather easy to obtain with social media and reality TV,” Brauer added. Generation Z is diverse. They are only 55 percent white [...]

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  • 07/12/17--06:30: Deluded Missionaries
  • from Sarah Hoyt, Poor Darlings: It’s not what they think they’re doing.  Like deluded missionaries for a doomsday cult, they think they’re fighting for paradise.  Of which more later, and which is why you should pity them.  But it is what they’re doing: biting the hand that feeds them, pulling up the planks from under [...]

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  • 07/29/17--06:33: A Culture of Contempt
  • From Ted Van Dyk at The Wall Street Journal, The Democrats’ Biggest Problem Is Cultural: The Democratic voter exodus began in 1968 when millions of traditional blue-collar and middle-income voters moved to Republican Richard Nixon or third-party candidate George Wallace, a Democratic former governor of Alabama. Alienated by street and campus riots and disorder, these [...]

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  • 08/06/17--17:28: Targeted Resentment
  • How the Democrats Lost the White Working Class- Book review of White Working Class by Joan Williams- reviewed by Joe Queenan in Barron’s: “The working class…has been asked to swallow a lot of economic pain, while elites have focused on noneconomic issues,” Williams writes. Elsewhere in the book, she adds, “During an era when wealthy [...]

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    Mark Lilla is a committed  Democrat who admonishes his party for the its descent into Identity Politics in The Once and Future Liberal- After Identity Politics  Up until the 1960s, those active in liberal and progressive politics were drawn largely from the working class or farm communities, and were formed in local political clubs or on [...]

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  • 08/31/17--00:53: Evangelism and Politics
  • Mark Lilla is a committed  Democrat who admonishes his party for the its descent into Identity Politics in The Once and Future Liberal- After Identity Politics  The paradox of identity liberalism is that it paralyzes the capacity to think and act in a way that would actually accomplish the things it professes to want. It [...]

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  • 09/03/17--01:28: Power Assymetries
  • from Scientific American, The Unfortunate Fallout of Campus Postmodernism- The roots of the current campus madness, by Michael Shermer: The intellectual battlefields today are on college campuses, where students’ deep convictions about race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation and their social justice antipathy toward capitalism, imperialism, racism, white privilege, misogyny and “cissexist heteropatriarchy” have bumped up against [...]

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  • 09/10/17--01:06: Limits of Government Power
  • Mark Lilla is a committed  Democrat who admonishes his party for the its descent into Identity Politics in The Once and Future Liberal- After Identity Politics  But every catechism tends over time to become rigid and formulaic, until it eventually becomes detached from social reality. Which is exactly what happened to American liberalism in the 1970s. [...]

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  • 09/30/17--00:18: Democrat’s Self Sabotage
  • Mark Lilla is a committed  Democrat who admonishes his party for its descent into Identity Politics in The Once and Future Liberal- After Identity Politics   The only adversary left is ourselves. And we have mastered the art of self-sabotage. At a time when we liberals need to speak in a way that convinces people from very [...]

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    Mark Lilla is a committed  Democrat who admonishes his party for the its descent into Identity Politics in The Once and Future Liberal- After Identity Politics  Distrust of the legislative process and increased reliance on the courts to achieve their goals also detached liberal Democratic elites from a wider base. To pass legislation you need to [...]

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  • 12/14/17--17:10: Sex and Power
  • This leads to the true motivation.  This is about sexual abuse, but sex is just the instrument. The motivation is the ultimate aphrodisiac: power.  These abusers on the left and the right indicate they can not be trusted with power.  Their thrill is the use of power.

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  • 12/31/17--13:58: Policy vs Culture
  • Rambunctious rhetoric can damage a position.  So can the abuse and weaponization of institutions that require trust to function.  Obama's abuse of the IRS for political purposes, and the possible politicization of the FBI stand to cause far more damage than Trump's reckless tweets, bullying tactics, and idle threats.

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  • 01/18/18--07:36: Fake News Irony
  • In the past the media had lost respect because they were in a bubble and the world they reported  did not match the experience of many of the readers and viewers. The election  of Donald Trump incited such a rage that they abandoned all precedence of journalistic integrity as long as the outrage of the day fit their narrative.  Their bias became obvious and crippling.