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Pat McCrory really, really wants to look in your young daughter’s pants. And the North Carolina governor’s fascination with inspecting the private parts of private citizens is going to wind up costing residents of his state millions of dollars defending the lawsuits that will inevitably 1) challenge, and 2) overturn the law he just signed, which was hastily drafted and passed by Republicans in the state legislature in a special session yesterday. [Read more…]

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In the politics of resentment, resentment comes first

Marco Rubio got it backwards in his concession speech when he warned that “the politics of resentment” could produce “a nation where people literally hate each other because they have different political opinions.” It’s the other way around — those politics of resentment means that those political opinions are the result of people literally hating each other. [Read more…]

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That wasn’t a whistle (and everyone knows it wasn’t the dog)

That ploy never really fools anybody, but it provides a thin buffer of semi-plausible deniability. We all know it wasn’t the dog, but when you loudly say, “Good Lord, pooch, what did you just do?” and direct everyone’s attention to the innocent creature, the dog will respond in some doggy fashion, doing something with its eyes, ears and tail that might be interpreted as indicating guilt, or relief, or shameless pleasure. [Read more…]

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Some people punch down when they get scared. True.

Amanda Taub has an excellent piece at Vox exploring “The rise of American authoritarianism.” I recommend it. But I think the political science research Taub ably introduces here is a description posing as an explanation. It describes what we’re up against, but it cannot tell us what to do about it. [Read more…]

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Trump: 1980s punchline turned 21st-century demagogue

The Donald Trump who blustered his way into the spotlight back in the 1980s was a different creature from the Donald Trump now favored to win a majority of Repubican delegates on Super Tuesday. That earlier version of Trump was, like the current one, a boorish blowhard with a flair for garish tackiness that he relentlessly insisted was “classy.” But he hadn’t yet become the demagogue we see today. [Read more…]

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The International Order of St. Hubertus

The truly creepy bit here doesn’t have anything to do with whatever secret rituals or whatnot these men engage in during the LARPing portions of their gatherings. The creepy part is what we know because they tell us: Some of the most powerful, wealthiest, whitest, Gentile males in the world regularly gather at luxury hunting lodges for a little bit of hunting and a whole lot of networking. [Read more…]

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The dominionist is also a goldbug

A return to the gold standard would be disastrous, but it clearly would also produce a massive “end-time transfer of wealth.” And the weirdest thing is that I’m not accusing Ted Cruz of planning that, I’m just pointing out that he’s telling us that’s what he has planned. [Read more…]

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Subsidiarity is really important, whether or not you call it that

If I abdicate my direct responsibilities, I will end up placing a heavier burden on those with indirect responsibilities — forcing them to play a more direct role. If I neglect my indirect responsibilities, I will end up placing a heavier burden on those who bear a more direct responsibility — possibly causing them to fall under the weight of it. [Read more…]

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