Posted on Jan 11, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: The Trump Shutdown Confirms The Tragedy Of The Commons

Posted in Culture, Members Only

Donald Trump is a buffoon but he is incredibly useful for one thing so far: Exposing the worthlessness of right wing economic ideology. He’s done such a good job at it that Republicans are going to spend decades rebuilding their facade that tax cuts for billionaires are great for the working class and the GOP actually cares about the average American. But the most recent example of Trump blowing...

Posted on Jan 03, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Would You Vote For Trump If He Was Progressive? I Wouldn’t, And Here’s Why.

Posted in Members Only, Politics

Over the holiday season, I spent time with an uncle in the U.K who is decidedly more right wing than I am. He supported Brexit, and views liberal pc culture as one of the biggest problems in British society. My uncle is a highly intelligent man, a professor, lecturer, and columnist who is routinely invited onto news shows to do battle with lefties.  I am not as emotionally invested...

Posted on Dec 20, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Predicting Trump’s Political Future

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This will be my final MEMBERS ONLY piece for 2018, so in the spirit of looking ahead to the New Year, I thought I’d take some time to consider Donald Trump’s Christmas Future. Specifically, what are the chances Trump will remain the president or disappear in a puff of orange smock? This will be my final MEMBERS ONLY piece for 2018, so in the spirit of looking ahead to the...

Posted on Dec 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Trump and Pelosi’s Re-Enactment Of Richard III

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In his latest book, Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Stephen Greenblatt analyzes the Bard’s most power-hungry characters. The book never mentions Donald Trump by name, but it is easy to see the parallels between our president and the characters Greenblatt writes about, especially Richard III. “He is pathologically narcissistic and supremely arrogant,” writes Greenblatt. “He has a grotesque sense of entitlement, never doubting that he can do...

Posted on Nov 30, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Beto Shouldn’t Run In 2020, But Not Because He Can’t Win

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This week, outgoing Congressman Beto O’Rourke said he would not rule out running for president in 2020. Beto (one of the few politicians written about on a first-name basis), who took Texas and the nation by storm with his campaign to replace Senator Ted Cruz, has become one of the major figures in American politics, and many have surmised that he may be the Democrats’ best shot at taking back...

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Members Only: How The 48 Laws Of Power Could Destroy Trump

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This is the second and final part on Donald Trump and the 48 Laws of Power, as laid out by author Robert Greene. In this part, we take a look at Trump’s flouting of many of the laws power, and how it could undo his presidency. Trump’s Flouting of the Laws Law 4: Always say less than necessary:  Persons who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself,...

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Bernie Sanders Still Can’t Talk About Racism

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Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty Images Bernie Sanders lost the 2016 Democratic primary because black women – the Democratic Party’s most reliable voting bloc – voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton during the early Southern primaries, giving her a delegate lead he could never overcome. Despite his support for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, he has always struggled when talking about race, and over the last week, he has been speaking about the topic in...

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Donald Trump And The 48 Laws Of Power (Part 1)

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Almost 20 years ago, I came across Robert Greene’s iconic book “The 48 Laws Of Power” in a book shop in San Francisco. It was lying on the table I was sitting at, and I found the title so intriguing I started reading it, despite being there with a friend. The introduction was so compelling that I completely lost track of time and sat there devouring it for the...