Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

Poverty and Primus Inter Pares

A while ago, some asshole with a blog noted: There are a lot of people, especially the upper-middle class and gentry class*, whose quality of life is better because others’ quality of life is demonstrably worse. There are many who … Continue reading

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Fast-Forward COVID-19 Punditry

While I realize pundits* have to come up with new things to say, or at least, new ways of saying the same old thing, watching the punditocracy race ahead of where many places actually are in terms of COVID-19 prevalence … Continue reading

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They Are Telling Us Who They Are: Sen. Tillis’ Aide Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

A while ago, some asshole with a blog noted that cruelty is an ideology: But I think this misses the ideological component to this… consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a problem with our current system. … Continue reading

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One Reason Some Governors Want to Reopen So Quickly

Follow the money (boldface mine): Republican governors in states like Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina have announced plans to begin reopening their states’ economies despite warnings by health officials that it’s too early to do so. The decisions mean that … Continue reading

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Another Problem with Gerontocracy

Timothy Noah has a very good article about the ossification of leadership in the U.S. (boldface mine): Let me stipulate at the outset that I harbor no prejudice toward the elderly. As a sexagenarian myself, not to mention as POLITICO’s … Continue reading

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Cruelty As Ideology: The Mo Brooks Edition

A while ago, I noted that cruelty is not just a character flaw, but an ideology. Like all ideologies, cruelty is a force which gives people meaning: …consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a problem with … Continue reading

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Shaming Works

I’m old enough to remember when yelling at people who are responsible for keeping babies in cages would cost Democrats the 2018 elections (boldface mine): The official called the current situation at the border, which is experiencing the highest number … Continue reading

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Cruelty Is An Ideology

Last week, there was considerable uproar over the Trump administration’s decision to not fund the Special Olympics (Il Trumpe himself ‘heroically’ intervened to stop this, though some reports claim this was a White House initiative). Many commentators noted that this … Continue reading

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On Elliot Abrams

Sometime after the Iraq War, I remarked to a friend that everyone who supported that war should be hounded from political life. He responded, “That would mean about half of Democrats and most Republicans would be disqualified.” To which I … Continue reading

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MLK On Civil And Human Rights

This lengthy article (pdf) about Martin Luther King from 1968 is worth a read today. It’s a very good rebuttal to those who would ignore the economic consequences and causes of racism.

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