Category Archives: Politics

LQCs: Gun Ideology, Immune from Evidence; Real Kids vs. Imaginary Kids

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LQCs: Children, Guns, and Religion

From NYT Letters, printed 21 May 2022: To the Editor: The Republican checklist after a mass shooting: Thoughts and prayers: Check. This is not the time: Check. Let’s not politicize: Check. Guns are not the problem: Check. Just enforce the … Continue reading

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LQCs: Polarization; Grooming; Sacrifice; Documentary

My partner had never seen this movie, so we began it last night and will finish tonight. Meanwhile, this week’s issue of The Week has a nice summary, on its “Best columns: The U.S.” page, of this Washington Post opinion … Continue reading

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LQCs: Moral Collapse, the Paranoid Style, Deflection

(With an endpiece.) Paul Krugman is back from vacation. NYT, Paul Krugman, 16 May 2022: From Voodoo to MAGA to Buffalo I never thought I’d say this, but I miss voodoo economics.

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LQCs: Fringe Conspiracy Theories Becoming Mainstream; Duplicity; Sharpening of Focus

NYT, 15 May 2022: A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the G.O.P., subtitled, “Replacement theory, espoused by the suspect in the Buffalo massacre, has been embraced by some right-wing politicians and commentators.”

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LQCs: Replacement theory, High School biology, Y2K, Macho puffery

The New Yorker, Kathleen Belew (assistant professor of history at U of Chicago) interviewed by Isaac Chotiner, 15 May 2022: Making Sense of the Racist Mass Shooting in Buffalo, subtitled, “An expert on the white-power movement and the ‘great replacement’ … Continue reading

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LQCs: We told you so

Only time for a couple quick links. We told you so.

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LQCs: Sincerity, Norway, the Moral Arc

OnlySky, Hemant Mehta, 7 May 2022: The Supreme Court should stop taking religious beliefs so seriously, subtitled, “Not every ‘sincerely held religious belief’ is sincerely held. The Supreme Court should admit that.”

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LQCs: KSR; Conservative History

NYT, Alexandra Alter, 11 May 2022: A Sci-Fi Writer Returns to Earth: ‘The Real Story is the One Facing Us.’, subtitled: “Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the most acclaimed living science fiction writers, is done with deep space narratives. His … Continue reading

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LQCs: The Arc of Historical Progress vs. Religious Oppression in the US

First, my favorite print magazine The Week, for May 13th, in its “Viewpoint” box on the “Best Columns US” page, quotes Francis Fukuyama in The Wall Street Journal (a newspaper I don’t read). But unlike the similarly found David French … Continue reading

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