John Peeler: Donald Trump’s refusal to commit himself to respect the results, his repeated (groundless) claim that the election is “rigged” against him, threatens to take the country down the road to Putinism.
John Peeler: Given low income, poor health, poor education, and wretched environmental contamination, why do most white Louisianans hate the government that could help them?
John Peeler: Trump is a serial, serious liar, while Clinton shaves the truth a good bit, but mostly avoids saying stuff that’s wholly false. Trump’s disregard for truth is truly pathological, while Clinton is about like most of us when it comes to telling the truth.
John Peeler: Trump is disliked and distrusted by a solid majority of the electorate. And yet he is within reach of winning this election. Why?
John Peeler: Everything about this life works to keep people down and encourages them to blame the government or big corporations for their plight. Most people succumb.
John Peeler: In this case, we have Trump engaging in something Republicans have perfected since the days of Richard Nixon: dog-whistle appeals.
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