Category: Electoralism/Democratism

Tribal America

On our suddenly race-obsessed politics. By Mark Steyn National Review To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of election-night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. On Fox News, Democrat Kirsten Powers argued […]

10 Myths About Obama and the Democrats

Delusions of the Liberal Intelligentsia By Jason Hirthler Counterpunch As we head into The Chosen One’s second term, it might be useful to explode a few of the chronic myths that cling to the man more tightly than his shadow. Myths that have helped liberal intelligentsia justify its […]

The Physical Appearance of Liberals

by Rachel Haywire

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That is the old cliche, isn’t it? Of course many of us know better than to completely discount physical appearances. We look at Asians and assume they are smart. We look at African Americans and assume they are athletic. Biodiversity is an important part of human existence and to pretend like it doesn’t exist is to ignore the complexity of genetics.

A Vote of “No Confidence?”

Jack Donovan I fully expected Barack Obama to be elected to a second term as President of the United States of America. On Electorbation Day, I voted with my ass. Apparently, so did a lot of people, and that’s exactly the outcome I was hoping for.

Fascism Under the Cloak of Liberalism

By Norman Pollack I use “fascism” here not as a cliché, but as an historical-structural formation principally rooted in the mature stage of capitalism, in which business-government interpenetration (what the Japanese political scientist Masao Maryuma called the “close-embrace” system) has created hierarchical social classes of wide differences in […]

The Conservative Vote: A Symposium

Mortimer62/flickr Independently minded conservatives may have no obvious candidate in this election, which pits two major-party exponents of the welfare-warfare state against one another, as well as a handful of minor-party contenders. Obamacare or Romneycare? Guantanamo or double Guantanamo? In this symposium, 29 of our writers confront the […]

Secession—it’s all the rage

By Wufnik Scholars & Rogues If Barack Obama wins a second term in the White House, Frank Rich has suggested, the Right is going to go absolutely nuts. I suspect Rich is correct—we haven’t seen anything like the rage that will consume the Right, who have up to […]

Presidency 2012

President Obama is seeking re-election to a second term in 2012. A large crowd of Republican candidates are competing for the GOP nomination. Plus there are LOTS of third party and independent P2012 hopefuls. So, if a person is running –regardless of party, ballot status, or chances of […]

A Goldwater of the Left

By Pat Buchanan Joe Seer / Shutterstock Early in Ronald Reagan’s second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement. Rusher asked how he would describe Barry Goldwater’s role. Reagan thought a moment […]

The progressive case against Obama

By Matt Stoller President Barack Obama (Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas) A few days ago, I participated in a debate with the legendary antiwar dissident Daniel Ellsberg on Huffington Post live on the merits of the Obama administration, and what progressives should do on Election Day. Ellsberg had written a […]

Journalism in the Obama age shows the real media bias

“The central function, the religion, of the US establishment media is adulation of those who wield power, especially military power as personified by the inaptly referred to “commander-in-chief”. Brinkley conducted the interview in the Oval Office from his knees because – with some significant exceptions – that’s the posture which US media culture assumes in the presence of the royal court.”

“Kick-a-Nigger” Politics

Welfare is back as the handiest weapon in the racist rhetorical arsenal. It’s back in the speeches of Republican candidates and surrogates, on right wing radio, and even in the language of those young “individualists” who see themselves as politically hip because of their perceived proximity to anarchist types. They believe the poor are poor because they want to be poor. Or are failed individuals. Or have grown so used to poverty that they are satisfied waiting for a check, that they like making the often humiliating trek to the local Department of Social Services office. ‘Welfare’ is back, which is to say ‘kick-a-nigger’ politics is in full swing.

Voters who will decide US poll

Al Jazeera Pollsters have devised hundreds of ways to slice and dice the American electorate. Every election season, there is talk of a new demographic group — from “soccer moms” to “NASCAR dads” — who will supposedly decide the outcome. (“Waitress moms” appear to be this year’s latest […]

Trotskyites for Romney

By Justin Raimondo Back in the early 1990s, before Antiwar.com was founded, I was a regular at a roundtable discussion group sponsored by the late Bill Rusher, a founding editor of National Review: these seminars were organized by a young man associated with a prominent conservative educational organization. […]

Would a Romney win prompt Cascadian secession?

The Northwest has a bit of a history of threatening secession. Would a win by Romney push us over the edge? By Knute Berger Crosscut Seth Stoll, Lake Washington “If you want to leave a nation you think is corrupt, inefficient, militaristic, oppressive, repressive, but you don’t want […]

The Creaming of Paul Ryan

By Justin Raimondo In the first exchange of the presidential election season over foreign policy issues, the neocons — in the person of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan — got creamed. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Ryan got creamed by Joe Biden — […]