Picking up passengers from coast to coast

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Curtis Mayfield. The Vaughn brothers took the bones of that song and wrote another one. Then John Mayer did too. But no more passive waiting, people. Get ready. Get on board. Tick tock. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 134: ‘New Babylon’

The story has just moved beyond unrealistic, beyond implausible, into the realm of hopelessly impossible. And keep in mind that, for the authors and most of their millions of readers, this isn’t merely a story. This is a fictional account of what they think of as actual events that will soon occur. Their unreal and impossible fiction is a reflection of their unreal and impossible beliefs about the actual world. [Read more…]

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That’s my secret, Captain …

Anger, we’re told, will eat you alive and make you unhappy. And that can be true — depending on what it is that you are angry about, and why. But if, like Benjamin Ferencz, you get angry and stay angry at the right things — angry at injustice, and cruelty, and inhumanity, angry on behalf of others — then that anger will keep you churning. [Read more…]

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Sanctions against sanctuary cities should not be sanctioned

It’s a bit odd to be writing about this right after President Trump’s audaciously Nixonian firing of the FBI director — the third time this president has fired an official currently in charge of an investigation into the possible criminal activities of this president. But there’s a common thread here: White nationalist hegemony is incompatible with constitutional democracy. [Read more…]

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Local News 2: Look at me! I’m a hero! I’m Corrie Ten Boom times William Lloyd Garrison!

This doesn’t quite amount to Holocaust denialism, but it is a kind of Holocaust diminishing — a way of disparaging the meaning and importance of that event and to reduce it to nothing more than a tool in service of some other end. That end is not primarily a political goal — ending legal abortion — but an emotional goal. It’s about the need to pretend that you are Good and Brave and Courageous when you already know that you are none of those things. [Read more…]

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‘Hope for an answer some day’

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Talking Heads (RIP Jonathan Demme). The burning keeps me alive. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 133: ‘Mystery Dance’

Rayford’s newfound resolve to evangelize his daughter seems to have less to do with her eternal fate than it does with his own determination to exculpate himself, to fulfill his obligation to “force her” to choose and be done with it. As ever, it’s all about him. This is what the pressure to evangelize is often about. [Read more…]

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No, they’re not going to see *this* coming

Town hall meetings, public forums, letters, phone calls, etc., are only a starting point. Just as this legislation audaciously exceeds almost anything we’ve ever seen in terms of its harm and its malice, so too must our response exceed almost anything we’ve ever seen or done before. It’s time to read up on ACT UP. [Read more…]

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