I often spend too much time on the title of an article. Today I thought I would be straightforward. This entire article is an incomplete review of and commentary on the central topic of Beth Macy’s book Dopesick. If you haven’t read it I strongly recommend you do. It is the seminal work on the opioid crisis. With disclosures and introductions out of the way, let’s explore. Continue reading Dopesick
The moment Anthony Kennedy retired I knew I would not be happy with his replacement. Donald Trump is currently playing the part of a right winger on TV and I knew he would nominate someone way right of the American mainstream. With all the prime time coverage he coveted on Monday night he recognized a very few guest to get some easy applause. Second among them was Edwin Meese. That’s when I knew America was really in trouble! Let’s explore. Continue reading Bad Omens!
After you looked at the title of today’s article your first thought was probably, “Why the hell is a progressive site endorsing Joe Manchin?” Read on and I’ll explain. Continue reading The Endorsement Of Joe Manchin
Like a lot of other liberals I spent a good part of 2017 reading books in an effort to understand how Trump won. Why would anyone from the Rust Belt or Appalachia vote for him when he was such an obvious fraud who was going to do nothing for the white workers who were left behind in this new industrial revolution? The answer is that Trump reinforced their belief that they were victims and he is trying to do it again. Let’s explore. Continue reading Electorally Powerful Victims
I’m among those liberals who are in part still trying to figure out how Trump won the 2016 election. Part of it was that low information, desperate voters who (with some cause) felt that both political parties had abandoned them bought his populist line. They were deceived as Trump proved twice in recent days. Let’s explore. Continue reading Who Is Trump Protecting?