awyer-approved CIA torture, “renditions” to other state torturers, mechanized assassination-by-drone (with many thousands of innocents collaterally killed), bloody and chaotic regime change premised on falsified intelligence, the moral injury suffered by soldiers in America’s interminable twilight wars, what the liberators saw in the Nazi death camps, the ongoing legacy of American lynching: these are all […]
Peter Laarman: Without any flag waving on my part (and I do expect many of this year’s July 4 celebrations to be jingoistically repellent beyond belief), I want to propose that there is still a way forward for this country: an alternative to the descent into raw tribalism.
Peter Laarman: With Pride month upon us, I want to call out what should be recognized as the Gay Shame in the persistence of so much racism—and classism—within the “community.”
I invite you to listen to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick and tell me whether or now you hear the traces of effective evangelism in her voice and in her overall pitch.
Does Brooks not know, for example, that the American Revolution was in large part an effort by the Southern colonists to preserve the institution of slavery against rising anti-slavery sentiment in Britain?
Peter Laarman: While billionaire fascination with charters is well worth exploring and exposing, the steady advance of state-level schemes to fund religious education using taxpayer funds barely breaks the surface of media attention.
Peter Laarman: For just a minute, Trump channeled Jesus in painting a picture of an America where there was universal child care, family leave, women’s health, clean air and clean water. But that was just for a throwaway minute.
Peter Laarman: One imagines that President Trump might actually have had a go at prayer on the eve of yesterday’s breakfast appearance.
Peter Laarman: The religion of Trump supporters is clearly one of the primary things that our neoliberal elites consign to the black hole. They shudder to think what might be in this particular Pandora’s box.
Peter Laarman: This year we gained an opportunity to achieve greater clarity about how fear and hate reinforce each other, how inspired demagoguery foments both, and how fatal to the health of a body politic a deliberately induced tribalism can be.
Peter Laarman: Even now, and even especially now in the pit of winter and on the cusp of our unsought descent into Trump Time: all those tidings of great joy, all those angels heralding the dawn of new hope and light, mean more to me than my rational mind can quite comprehend.
Peter Laarman: Thomas Jefferson, who owned over 600 enslaved persons during the course of his long life, was highly conscious of the ways in which his wealth increased as long as enslaved women could be made to produce a new baby at least every two years.
Peter Laarman: Raboteau’s prose is spare and elegant, and the book will be instructive even for people who think they know all they need to about the members of this Magnificent Seven.