Women Named Karen: The New Oppressed? 2

I generally agree that the busybody, do-gooder, tattletale, know-it-all soccer mom types that the label “Karen” is meant to ridicule deserve the ridicule they get. It is this demographic that is one of the primary constituents for the therapeutic state and totalitarian humanism. Although women named Karen now have my sympathies.

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What Progressives need to do to actualize their legislative priorities Reply

This discussion is somewhat interesting but kind of sad. Krystal says her favorite presidents were FDR and LBJ. No surprise there (“Welfare Statism Uber Alles”). For Saager, it’s John Quincy Adams, Lincoln, Grant, and FDR. Sounds rather neoconnish. I guess that’s what passes for “national-populism” nowadays.

My favorite President was William Henry Harrison. The aspects of American history that I admire are not the deification of state leaders, but the long history of farmer rebellions, slave revolts, labor uprisings, resistance by Indian tribes, tax protests, rent strikes, anti-draft riots, prisoner uprisings, etc.

According to Saager, a “national-populist” economic approach would involve trade protectionism, revising the tax code to incentivize family and community values, immigration restriction, and (maybe) antitrust action. Basically, Tucker Carlson/Pat Buchanan-type stuff.


This week on #RisingQs hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti answer Rising fans’ questions on how Progressives can actually achieve the policy priorities they lay out, what would be in a national populist agenda, and who is the most underrated U.S. President.

Life and Death in a Troubled Teen Boot Camp Reply

Kids die in these places.

By Jesse Hyde

Rolling Stone

In the darkness of early morning, 16-year-old Bruce Staeger lay splayed across his mattress, sleeping soundly for once. Most nights, he would smoke a blunt and crash, but not this one. Lately, his mother had been watching him closely. She and Bruce’s stepdad had even installed a motion detector on the porch of their doublewide trailer to keep him from sneaking out at night. Around 4:30 a.m., his bedroom light suddenly flipped on. Bruce rolled over, blocking his eyes from the glare to find his mom sitting on the edge of the bed. “Bruce, do you remember what I told you a few days ago?” She said softly. “I would never make a decision that would hurt you.”


Rojava: statelessness in a time of pandemic Reply

By Anya Briya

Open Democracy

The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), commonly known as Rojava, has illuminated the plight of the stateless—even though statelessness in the AANES’s case defies the narrow definition of international law. Despite comprising almost a third of Syrian territory, the AANES has not been recognized as a legitimate body politic neither by the Syrian state, nor by the international community. The limitations that come with this lack of recognition may have disastrous consequences during the COVID-19 pandemic.


50 years ago, the shooting of 4 college students at Kent State changed America Reply

By Harmeet Kaur


Mary Ann Vecchio gestures and screams as she kneels by the body of a student lying face down on the campus of Kent State University on May 4, 1970.

Fifty years ago today, the Ohio National Guard fired on Kent State University students as they protested against the Vietnam War. Four students were killed. Nine were injured.

The incident on May 4, 1970, now known as the Kent State massacre, dramatically changed the nation.


After COVID Reply

By Alain de Benoist


History is always open, as everyone knows, and this makes it unpredictable. Yet in certain circumstances, it is easier to see the middle and long term than the near term, as the coronavirus pandemic shows well. For the short term, one surely imagines the worst: saturated health systems, hundreds of thousands, even millions of dead, ruptures of supply chains, riots, chaos, and all that might follow. In reality, we are being carried by a wave and no one knows where it will lead or when it will end. But if one looks further, certain matters become evident.


Ritz cheese cracker sandwiches recalled after they were found to be peanut butter instead Reply

First, the coronavirus. Then a depression and mass unemployment. And now this. Will the tragedies never end?

By Alicia Lee

While the outer packaging says the cracker sandwiches are cheese-flavored, the individually-wrapped packs within the box are actually of the peanut butter variety, according to Mondelēz International, the company that owns the brand.

The outer packaging does have an allergy advisory that says they “may contain peanuts,” however, and the packaging on the individual packs are correctly labeled as peanut butter, Mondelēz assured.

No reports or injury stemming from the mislabeling have been reported and the company said it is issuing the voluntary recall as a precaution.

The products were sold at retail stores nationwide, but the recall only applies to Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches Family Size (21.6 oz. carton) with “best when used by” dates ranging from Sept. 18 to Oct. 2 of this year.

Consumers who have the product should throw it away.