The Three Great Premises of Idiot America Take Center Stage

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 11:30 am

These are good times for those who practice wingnuttery and those who observe them, as there is plenty of wingnuttery on display. Sadly, this exacts a cost, either in the idiotic policies and practices foisted upon society (see almost anything enacted at the urging of the NRA), or in the time and energy that must be wasted to beat back these idiocies (see Krugman, Paul “the Shrill One”). No, popcorn is not an option. It’s no surprise, then, that my thoughts have been turning to Charles Pierce.

Yours should too.


Snowden as ‘Accused’ or ‘Alleged American Spy’ & Whether His Fears of Returning to US Are Justified

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 9:30 am

Snowden is accused by the United States Justice Department of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has used this to pursue leakers or whistleblowers as if they are spies and that is the case here with Snowden. Media have interpreted this as Snowden being accused of spying.

Recollections of Liberty on the Eve of Bastille Day

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 9:00 am

Charlie Pierce reminds us that John Boehner still pretends to be Speaker of the House, but is for all intents and purposes powerless. The Flying Monkey Caucus (h/t Pierce) has risen up to tear down any notion of We, the People. To them, it’s all about protecting what they’ve got and to hell with the rest of the the nation. For the Flying Monkey Caucus, there is no good reason for government, and it must be killed.

But on the wall of the entryway of George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon, there is an old iron key in an old glass case. It’s a symbol of something much more powerful, a vision much more compelling than “I’ve got mine.” . . .

Late Night: No one asked me but…

By: Saturday February 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Every day we see a new outrage of some form or another. And it really makes no difference what side of a topic you are on – the outrage is there for all. Of course, one person/side’s outrage may be the other sides’ well deserved schadenfreude.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Thomas Frank, Pity the Billionaire: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

By: Sunday February 19, 2012 1:59 pm

I look upon Tom Frank as a political behaviorist with a healthy sense of the humor and an even healthier sense of the absurd, the latter of which works with the former the way an afterburner works on a fighter jet. His great gift is to look at us first, before getting around to looking at how we come to order ourselves in our society and govern ourselves in our politics, if it can even be said that we govern ourselves in our politics any more, which I would contend is a matter of some debate.

Anyway, to me, Tom’s great gift always has been to look at the influences behind millions of individual decisions that add up to the collective experience of at least the appearance of political self-government. Reading Tom’s work, and reading his assessment of the political malpractice we sometimes inflict on ourselves, I am reminded of an entry in the voluminous diary of Ignatius Donnelly, great American crank, former Minnesota congressman, virtual inventor of modern pseudo-science, creator of everything we think we know about Atlantis, and intellectual amanuensis of my own book, Idiot America. Once, while defending his own work, he wrote in his journal — “I believe I am right. Or, if not right, at least plausible.”

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