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The educated man's requiem for 2016. Please read the whole thing (not long).

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... I am old fashioned in the sense that I believe you have more responsibility if you have more meaningful agency. If people aren’t thinking critically about their media consumption, that is partially their own fault — but isn’t it much more the fault of those who underfunded education?
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-- Adam Kotsko

https://itself.blog/2017/03/06/bullshit-and-legitimacy/

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"Hells Angels" is a better read than "Fear and Loathing" This article views the cultural forces chronicled in that work as of a piece with the forces rising through the "Contract with America", the Tea Party, and now as the base of support for Trumpism. 

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The Funny Games Presidency

Kotsko finally boils off the hot takes and gets to the essence of trump. 

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Donald Trump may have won the White House, but he will never be a man like his predecessor, whose personal example will now only shine more brightly with the passage of time.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/president-obamas-last-stand-w451241

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"""The rest of the world is laughing at us this week, when it's not busy being terrified by our ignorance, racism and incompetence. They see a rich country that is spiritually bankrupt, consumed by neurotic aggression and incapable of forgiveness.
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http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/after-this-election-turn-it-off-w448974

-Taibbi

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I don't have time to write much today, but I want to remind you all of this:

Right and wrong have not changed since yesterday. An "accommodation" which goes in the face of that is not an accommodation, it is collusion in a moral wrong which does not gain any innocence by the defense of "I had to" or "those were the orders."

We will all be sorely tried in the months and years which are to come; we will see our fellow citizens and neighbors harmed and harassed, fired and fired upon. To stand up for them will not be easy, nor will it come without a price. We will pay the price, because the price of refusing is measured in lives and in souls.

But I will also tell you this: we will survive. We will, now and always, use every tool at our disposal, to fight and to shelter, to speak and to listen, to think and to act. This country is not, and has never been, the Promised Land; there was never a promise, only what we chose to build out of it. That choice is undiminished today.

I want you to remember, today, the words of Tarfon: "it is not yours to finish the task, but neither are you free to set it aside." We do not stop, we shall not stop, and we shall never surrender our morals.

fin.

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"This campaign season has been an indictment of our understanding of mass communication."

On our failure to name the categories to describe the problem. 

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Kotsko interprets and offers advice to the writers of the conservative movement by interpreting the phenomenon as though it were an old tv show in need of a reboot.

The analogy works painfully well, given how many of us follow politics as entertainment these days anyway

Rebooting the conservative continuity
By Adam Kotsko


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