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Here’s Patrick Stewart playing Lenin in a 1974 British TV production. In this scene, he meets Leon Trotsky and explains his version of Marxism. Share

Different Nations Have Different Standards for Fainting and Heat Exhaustion in Factories–And That’s OK!

Clearly, supply chains with no accountability for the parent companies who create a system where they get cheap exploitable labor with no legal consequences is a great thing…. Women working in Cambodian factories supplying some of the world’s best-known sportswear brands are suffering from repeated mass faintings linked to conditions. Over the past year more […]

Finally, the Poor Will Have the Freedom to Die

While officiating Secretary of the Treasury Jay Gould’s third wedding, Vice-President Torquemada found time to tweet a picture of the wedding of a bunch of millionaires (sitting at the distant tables no doubt) and billionaires and use...Show More Summary

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 95

This is the grave of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Born in 1803 in Boston at the site of the Macy’s downtown (there’s a little plaque on the building), Emerson was the most important of the transcendentalists, a literary movement which is honestly kind of intolerable to read. Maybe I am not much of a romantic (oh, […]

The Spectrum of Racism

Eric Foner kind of eviscerates a new book on Lincoln and slavery that overplays Lincoln’s racism. The most important point is the last because it has great relevance for how many of us think about race. Kaplan, in other words, employs racism as a deus ex machina — something that exists outside of history but […]

Today in the Laboratories of Democracy

The good people of Missouri elect only the finest citizens. Missouri’s Senate is considering legislation that would allow employers and landlords to discriminate against women who use birth control or have had abortions. The bill, which has the support of the state’s governor, Eric Greitens, was approved by the Missouri House Tuesday. Known as SB […]

Insurers Have No Problem With Ending the Neoliberal BAILOUT of the Health Insurance Industry

One mistake shared by both some wonky defenders and lefty haters of the ACA is the idea that health insurance interests would like it. But, in fact, they spent tons of money opposing it for a reason: The major health insurance companies made a tactical decision to work with Republicans on their plan to repeal […]

Tone Policing: It’s A Nice Racket

Republicans are rushing to push a piece of naked class warfare that will result in a lot of unnecessary deaths. Republicans are using an undemocratic process that strongly indicates a bill they don’t believe it can be defended on the merits to anybody but a sociopathic libertarian, and they’re right. So instead, their approach will […]

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 94

This is the grave of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I suppose I should have something to say about such a famous figure. I do not. She existed in a world with a first husband who cheated on her left and right while plunging her into the international spotlight. Bad marriages was something she knew well from […]

Heller Comes Out Against TrumpCare

This is the first meaningful opposition to come from the Republican Senate conference: Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Friday that he cannot support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill without changes to it, becoming the fifth GOP senator to take that position since the bill was released on Thursday. Heller, who is up for […]

LOL Nothing Matters

The AHCA is despised by the public and opposed by most interest groups. Why is there a good chance it will pass the Senate? I think this is exactly right: Since taking office, his signature values — showmanship, shamelessness, and corruption — have spread like kudzu in official Washington. It’s now a country where Cabinet […]

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 93

This is the grave of Gerald and Betty Ford. Gerald Ford was a conservative Midwestern Christian. This defined him and it defined his politics. We don’t really remember Ford as a strong conservative these days. That’s for a few reasons–Reagan ran to his right in 1980, he was a pretty genial guy, and Chevy Chase’s […]

The Theory That Democrats are the Only Actors in American Politics

I’m not sure if we will ever reach peak Stoller, but this is amazing: you, dumb, neolib hack: seems like ripping health care away from people will hurt them me, wise: the real problem is that its annoying — Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) June 22, 2017 Even for useless “messaging” speculation, this is incredibly dumb. […]

“The poor, the disabled, women, children, the elderly — these are the demons you must slay to be a Republican senator.”

Dylan Matthews has an excellent rundown of the major victims of TrumpCare. So many lucky duckies! In fairness, the suffering of the richest households suffering under the yoke of a 3% tax on their investment income will be alleviated. This is also a crucial point: I'm reasonably sure Trump wouldn't have reached 270 if he […]

I Divorce You, Dumb Wapo Opinion-Man!

  Marc Thiessen of the Wapo opinion section is afraid America is headed for divorce court and tells us–more in sadness than in anger–that it’s probably the fault of mean liberals. There is a place for contempt in our public discourse. We should have contempt for a regime in North Korea that brutalized a young […]

Well-qualified law school applicant pool declines by 61%

Paul Caron, who just became dean of Pepperdine’s law school, crunched some numbers in regard to the LSAT scores of law school applicants over the past seven years. The results are startling. I’ve converted Caron’s percentage figures into raw numbers. In 2010, 87,900 people applied for the fall term. 35,863 of them had LSAT scores […]

The United States, Russia, and the 2016 Election

The Washington Post has a comprehensive report on Russian electoral interference and the Obama Administration’s attempt to handle it without unduly interfering with the US election. In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy. Show More Summary


Moving this comment from Epidemiologist to the top, regarding the arrests of disabled people by the Capitol police: This is a friendly reminder to share this stuff widely. Personally my FB is still really mixed and is not blowing up nearly enough about this bill being released and the treatment of protestors. You can help […]

Bill Cosby to hold sexual assault workshops


Framing effects and health care

Jon Chait makes an interesting point about how McConnell and Co. are taking advantage of social psychology to ram through their health care bill: If the bill passes — which, at this early moment in the lightning-fast process, seems quite likely — it will be because McConnell took advantage of the anchoring effect. The starting […]

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