Taking on the Great God of Exceptionalism

Time was when the U.S. was really truly exceptional in many areas — in the 1950’s and 1960’s  —- after the rest of the world’s manufacturing was destroyed in World War II. But in those years, there wasn’t much talk of American Exceptionalism. It was so obvious, especially in the … Continue reading

Selling the New Nixon: Roving Pavlov Ailes The Nation

And, in its way, that’s what I’ve been leading up to in all of this. The artificial creation of rhetorical bogeymen is a very dangerous tactic. (And, like that GI JOE box, you don’t need an actual action figure. You just need language to tell your voting audience what’s IN the box. Which may not exist at all, or is merely a series of gut language conditionings attached to the “action figure” you’ve created.) Continue reading