Mychal Denzel Smith: “When your self-conception is centered on the idea of your own goodness, it prevents you from hearing any critique of your ideology/behavior. Thinking of yourself as ‘good’ allows you to justify harmful words and actions, since anything you do, in your mind, is ‘good.’ … We will have to create new selves.” [Read more…]
Rick Perlstein on the unpleasant political lineage of Trumpism. Adam Kotsko and Deborah Jian Lee on the whiteness of white evangelicalism. Andre E. Johnson on the old arguments resurfacing as “bathroom bills.” And John Oliver on abortion laws. [Read more…]
Gordon Klingenschmitt is the kind of far-right fringe nut-job who gives most other far-right fringe nut-jobs the heebie-jeebies. But like dozens of other delirious religious extremists, Klingenschmitt isn’t too extreme for Ted Cruz. Plus: Mary Hunt on “The Joy Love Club;” the Volcano Gambit; cloud-based childhood memories; and a funny (real-life) version of Marmaduke. [Read more…]
Marc Mauer of the Marshall Project offers an excellent summary of what we need to remember, and to learn from, about the 1994 crime law. The good news is that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders seem to have learned those lessons. Also: Recovering from the trauma of apocalyptic religion; “porn addiction” and depression; and more reactions to North Carolina’s bigot bill. [Read more…]
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…]
They have always been here. If you didn’t know that before, it’s because you couldn’t be trusted to know.
Rick Scarborough seems shocked that many white evangelical Christians have had abortions or know someone who has. He regards this as a sudden and very recent development. It’s not. These folks have always been there — in white evangelical churches and institutions. [Read more…]
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…]