The Civil War isn’t over, and the good guys haven’t won yet.
The overwhelming bulk of Republican leaders know that Donald Trump is corrupt and incompetent. They worked quietly and ineffectively to stop him, and they would prefer to have someone else in charge. But they aren’t in this business to serve their country. A guy like Paul Ryan wouldn’t skip leg day at the gym to protect America.
When principle and patriotism came into conflict with personal gain, every single one of these hypocrites chose to protect and enrich themselves instead of serving their nation.
There is a sick symmetry to Kolfage’s scam. Fourteen years ago he was literally blown to pieces in a war that was, itself, a trillion-dollar con.
In time, we’ll likely recognize malformed social networks as a problem on par with income inequality or rural poverty. Ironically, the same social media technologies that helped create this problem probably hold our most promising solutions.
One day we might decide to confront the racism at the core of our American experiment. Until then, it remains a lever to be pulled by ambitious cynics, a lingering threat to our health and survival.
Disruption threatened by the electoral success of a slate of new left politicians is our only remaining shot at restoring small-d democratic accountability through peaceful means.
So what exactly is the devil’s bargain then? It is this: gerrymandering allows you to win close elections, but makes you more susceptible to being washed out in wave elections.
Republicans have moved so far off the established political spectrum that primary challenges from the center have begun to look promising.
A shrinking world and the exponential explosion of computing power has sparked a biological arms race with no certain outcome, unleashing a Dunning-Kruger nightmare.