John Peeler: The twentieth century Turkish model of democracy was thus fundamentally flawed. It was marked from its Kemalist birth as a project to impose democracy on the Turkish people, and to transform their culture over decades to make them fit for a proper democracy.
In a society where racism is resurgent (and unacknowledged), the police really serve, without anyone admitting it (or even consciously knowing it), as an occupation force.
John Peeler: An indictment would have ended her campaign, but this outcome threatens to put a big enough hole in her hull to sink her in the course of the campaign.
John Peeler: The devastation from global warming is likely to be comparable in scope to what would result from a worldwide nuclear war, though the latter would happen in a matter of hours, while the former will take a century.
John Peeler: We must transform the way we relate to the natural world: stop seeing ourselves as separate from and superior to nature, and instead acknowledge that we are part of the natural world.
John Peeler: It was already true before Tuesday that Bernie’s slim chance of capturing the nomination depended on convincing hundreds of the hated superdelegates to switch, but he really can’t make that argument after losing California by such a decisive margin.
John Peeler: Donald Trump has surged to the front in the Republican campaign by systematically saying, in the most provocative way possible, just what his audiences want to hear, with no regard for the truth. Trump Drought
John Peeler: What should be a blowout in November could be a nail-biter, as frustrated voters have to decide between two candidates they don’t like and don’t trust.
John Peeler: Trump is a particular type of asshole: an ass-clown, who “seeks an audience’s enjoyment while being slow to understand how it views him.” Indeed, given his exaggerated or inflamed need to be superior, he is a flaming asshole.
John Peeler: Trump has beaten them all by embodying Rand’s hero even as he disregards Rand’s dogma. Rand’s hero could never be bound by dogma. It’s all about him.
John Peeler: There’s something else going on that hasn’t gotten as much attention: Hillary gets the cities and suburbs and Bernie gets the rural areas. How does this make sense?
John Peeler: When few people are really happy with the two major parties, why is it so difficult for third parties to get beyond the spoiler role?
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John Peeler: Who is the real Donald Trump? He is betting that his supporters think they know: the wall-builder, the anti-Muslim, anti-feminist, anti-affirmative action, anti-free trade rabble-rouser.