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The Gathering Storm
"Now Trump has said out loud what was already rumbling underneath the surface of 21st century Republican politics. He's normalized a litany of statements and actions that were political verboten, at least from the party's leadership. He has activated the voice of GOP white nationalism, spoken its language out loud and in so doing made it conscious of itself and expanded its ambitions. This seems like a transformative event. Maybe party leaders can stuff the energy of the white nationalist base back within a McCain/Bush/Romney package. I'm sure they will in a limited sense that Ryan and McConnell will remain the party's congressional leaders. But on the broader level, I doubt it."
politics  campaign  republican  race  2016 
august 2016 by tsuomela
The Danger of Making Science Political - Puneet Opal - The Atlantic
I'm torn between the appeal of this and its astounding ignorance. "In other words, threats to scientific thinking can come from any quarter. What must be preserved is the pursuit of science away from irrational dogma. In that sense scientists should be completely nonpartisan. After all, the universe is what it is. The hurricanes, the flu epidemics, indeed all of reality does not really care about our political affiliations, but we distance ourselves from scientific thinking at our own peril."
science  science-wars  politicizing  republican  democrats  bipartisanship  rationality  public-understanding 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Faulty Hypothesis
"One of the great political shifts in the past decade has been the move of scientists toward the Democratic Party, a casualty of the Republican Party’s war on reality. It’s not about politics for scientists, it’s about the fact that only one party accepts scientific findings on everything from global warming to evolutionary theory to what does and doesn’t prevent pregnancy."
politics  science  partisanship  republican  democrat 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Behind the Right's Phony War on the Nonexistent Religion of Secularism | Rick Perlstein | Politics News | Rolling Stone
"Here's some background those befuddled Democrats need to know: One of the most robust and effective conspiracy theories on the right, the notion that "secularism" – or, just as often, "Secular Humanism" – is a religion is meant to be taken entirely literally: right wingers genuinely believe it refers to an actually existing religious practice. How do conservatives know? Because, they say, the Supreme Court said so. "
religion  politics  secularism  humanism  evangelical  conservatism  republican 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Judge Janice Rogers Brown wants to return to the libertarian legal notions of the 1930s. - Slate Magazine
At the risk of saying it again, whatever the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Obamacare in June, the net effect of the case has been to illustrate how dramatically the nation’s federal courts have shifted to the right. This shift isn’t evident only in terms of the judiciary’s willingness to embrace long-dormant libertarian ideas, but also in its willingness to wholeheartedly adopt the political language and tone in which these ideas are packaged. Liberals who don’t think of the courts as a political issue should read Judge Brown’s concurrence closely, not merely as an example of the ways partisan politics are bleeding into the federal courts, but as a warning about how radically the federal courts are poised to reshape our politics.    
law  legal  supreme-court  libertarian  conservative  republican  judicial 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Science scorned : Nature : Nature Publishing Group
"There is a growing anti-science streak on the American right that could have tangible societal and political impacts on many fronts — including regulation of environmental and other issues and stem-cell research. "
science  denial  american  politics  republican 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Fetal Conceit § Unqualified Offerings
"It’s hard to see from here what fault lines might arise in the ruling (conservative) coalition in the foreseeable future, and it’s hard to see the shape of a progressive coalition that the ruling coalition can’t ignore, pick off or compromise. The conservative coalition will go on until it makes things so rotten it simply can’t continue, and then it will go on awhile after that, harder. When it does finally collapse, I’ll raise my colostomy bag to the television screen in a quiet toast – if I can afford a colostomy bag."
politics  conservatism  conservative  republican  coalition  culture 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Let's Get This Straight: There Is No Progressive Equivalent to the Right's Violent Rhetoric | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet
"he shooting in Tucson was not an anomaly. It was an inevitability, and as long as we play this foolish game of "both sides are just as bad," it will be inevitable again. "
violence  rhetoric  republican  example  list 
february 2011 by tsuomela

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