Dispatches From the Culture Wars - February 4, 2020
- Trump Can Do Whatever He Wants
- Is Joe Rogan a Deal Breaker?
- American Bottom
- The Christian Right is Legislating
- Black Music Soundtracks White Spaces
- Police Violence is a Public Health Problem
- Will NC Teachers Strike?
At the heart of Trump’s defense is the justification that underlies all authoritarian rule. The leader is special. The job of everyone else in government is to accept what the leader does first and find the reasons for it later.
By Dylan Matthews
January 27, 2020
Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders — and the subsequent outrage in gay, trans, and other communities over Sanders’s embrace of the endorsement — is one of the most intricate and multifaceted political controversies of recent months.
By Walter Johnson
January 23, 2020
The nearly all-black town of Centreville IL now floods with raw sewage every time it rains. “Bring us back some help,” residents say, living through an environmental horror that evokes centuries of official disinterest in black suffering, as well as a future in which the poor are left to suffer in areas made uninhabitable by climate change.
Seemingly disparate anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice bills can all be traced to Project Blitz, an elaborate legal strategy devised by a coalition of Christian Right groups.
Now that hip-hop is no longer seen as a threat, it’s become the default ambiance in the kinds of high-end spaces that include few Black people.
Thousands of people have taken to Twitter to explain why they stopped supporting the Republican Party using the hashtag #ILeftTheGOP.
Safety does not come through the infliction of violence. Rather, violent policing, criminalization, and incarceration are threats to health.
By Nick Martin
January 31, 2020
The New Republic
The organizing happening in North Carolina right now is in line with a national turn toward community-focused union militancy among teachers, but it carries risks.