Tillerson was groomed to believe in the government guaranteed privilege of the corporate wealthy, without need for particular intelligence, and unquestioning of the assumptions of colonial capitalism and corporate management.
Tom Hall: Black Panther repeats sexist tropes about the visual presentation of women while giving them much more substance in the film’s society than is common in sci fi. Progress. Enough? No. But more than a lot of other “Hollywood” fare provides.
Tom Hall: In the sunshine that was nurturing a young Richard Nixon, and turning Ronald Reagan against his co-workers, Graham had a conversion experience. He signed on for a career of explaining why the bible, and “christianity” meant defending the status quo.
Tom Hall: It may be hubris for a privileged white man to conclude that Dr. King would have been disheartened by our current balkanized politics, racial definitions and corporatized churches. But I do.
Tom Hall: The Donald, in attacking the FBI, is just grabbing opportunistically at a Republican Party dream that goes back as far as the Nixon administration.
Tom Hall: What good will it do to end discrimination against women if we ignore climate change and environmental destruction, and all the elderly widows in Florida find that rising sea levels have put their state underwater?
Tom Hall: Larry Nassar: It doesn’t matter what Nassar may feel, when it is so painfully obvious that even two decades after the abuse, his victims still feel his power over them.
Tom Hall: Nikki Haley is outraged that Iran is outraged by the U.S. policy of slaughtering thousands of Yemeni civilians, most recently by encouraging the spread of diphtheria and other diseases, while cutting off medical aid.
Tom Hall: Empires fall of their own weight. And the Donald is the weightiest president our empire has had for many years. He has put his considerable weight behind the effort to recognize and confirm the end of the American Imperial Age.
Tom Hall: What if we said that using government money to teach little children that girls are inferior, and that boys should be allowed to “have their way” with girls, IS sexual abuse?
Tom Hall: Letting the voters tell campaigners what they think is important hasn’t been in vogue for many years. But Tuesday’s elections may tell us that voters would like to have that option.
Tom Hall: The sin of sexual abuse is so serious, that for the progressive left, as with abortion and the alt-white, any notion of Constitutional due process must be set aside.
It’s like buying football game tickets to support the players’ right to free expression of their disapproval of police brutality toward and killings of people of color. Can’t be bad. But supporting a gladiator sport whose natural outcome is brain damage for every player can’t be good.