Weekly Rant: On Queer Progress

Look, queers, we need to have a talk. When Taylor Swift's new music video dropped, I only heard about it tangentially at first, mostly because I'm not a huge fan of her pop music (I know, I know, I'm a monster). However, then I watched it, and I found myself caught up in its utopian … Continue reading Weekly Rant: On Queer Progress

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Book Review: All Politics is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States (by Meaghan Winter)

My thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review. It's an unfortunate truth that the last few years have seen a hollowing out of Democratic power. From state houses to the nation's Congress to the Presidency, the forces of the right have been shockingly and distressingly successful at grabbing the … Continue reading Book Review: All Politics is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States (by Meaghan Winter)

Book Review: “The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent” (by P.E. Moskowitz)

My thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review. Of all the issues facing us today, one that continues to excite an enormous amount of outrage from the right (and sometimes from the left) is that of "free speech." Whether it is Milo Yiannopoulos being met with fierce protests at … Continue reading Book Review: “The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent” (by P.E. Moskowitz)

Mourn on the Fourth of July: The End of America and A Frail Hope for the Future

There was a time, not so long ago, when I was going to publish a blog post entitled, self-indulgently, "Confessions of a Reluctant Patriot." It was during the last summer Olympics, and I felt so positive and full of hope, buoyed by the possibility that we might, at last, be on the right track as … Continue reading Mourn on the Fourth of July: The End of America and A Frail Hope for the Future

Hot Take: How the Democrats Can Win Big in 2018 (and Maybe 2020)–“Dignity”

  In his opinion for the majority in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, Anthony Kennedy wrote of those seeking the right to marry: "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." One word stands out to me about this opinion: "dignity." It's no secret that the famously moderate … Continue reading Hot Take: How the Democrats Can Win Big in 2018 (and Maybe 2020)–“Dignity”

Weekly Rant: The Unbearable Privilege of Susan Sarandon

In case you missed it, Susan Sarandon stands by her earlier condemnation of Hillary Clinton. According to Sarandon, if we'd had Hillary elected, we'd be at war, fracking would continue unabated, and we would have had more of the "sneaky" parts of the Obama administration (the deportations, drone strikes, etc.) Of course, I'm not at … Continue reading Weekly Rant: The Unbearable Privilege of Susan Sarandon