John Peeler: Democrats, particularly in this election, became exclusively identified with blacks and other minorities, not to mention culturally subversive groups like feminists, abortion-rights activists, LGTBQ activists—the list goes on.
John Peeler: Most essentially, we need to continue to stand for the diverse and inclusive society we believe in, for a vigorous and sophisticated response to the threat of global warming, for diplomacy before force in foreign policy.
John Peeler: Donald Trump has articulated and legitimized this deeply ingrained racism. Whether he now chooses to mitigate or exacerbate it will tell us whether we are headed toward proto-fascism, or to just another turn in the political cycle.
John Peeler: Anonymous FBI functionaries achieved their objective of resurrecting the email issue just when Clinton seemed to be on a course to win the election.
John Peeler: Trump is driving off a substantial chunk of that traditional Republican constituency, especially the well-educated, and especially women.
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.