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Engineering The New Stockholm Syndrome

(Reflections On the Tea Party Phenomenon) It’s one thing to bite the hand that feeds you.  It’s quite another thing […]

Constitutional Originalism

AN ODD CASE OF IDOLATRY: The U.S. Constitution is no idol—so it is unwise to treat it as such.  It […]

Welcome To Scalia World

A GUIDED TOUR   The bizarre-o-world in which unreconstructed right-wingers dwell is no more clearly illustrated than by the surreal […]

The Robespierre Syndrome

How do democratic movements go too far, and thus take an abrupt, drastic turn rightwards—thereby catapulting themselves into tyranny?  What […]

A Survey of Right-wing Impresarios

In an earlier essay, “Understanding The Right Wing”, I outlined the case that in order to vote for right-wing politicians, […]

A Breakdown of Tea Party Vernacular

It would be very easy to write a Tea Party speech.  The bombastic perorations and rhetorical flourishes have tremendous appeal […]

Understanding The Right Wing

OVERVIEW: Surprisingly little scholarship has been done on the social phenomenon pejoratively dubbed “the right wing”.  This is odd if […]

Silly Gun Rhetoric

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners GOLD: “Guns don’t kill people; PEOPLE kill people.” Mapping the logic used in […]

When Demons Project

  “The conservative movement is primarily a means by which the wealth of rabid right-wingers is redistributed to celebrities.  Sometimes […]

Clarion Call For Women

THE NEED FOR MORE GREAT WOMEN IN POWER: The thesis here is simple: So many women of dubious merit dominate […]

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