Dom Pérignon Democracy

Michigan's Republican leadership said most of the right things on Friday evening, after emerging from a meeting at the White House with Donald Trump who, for lack of a nicer way to put it, is attempting to overrule voters in the state. In a joint statement, Michigan’s Republican Senate majority leader, Mike Shirkey, and House speaker, Lee Chatfield, said they “have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan." “We will follow the l
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8 thoughts on “Dom Pérignon Democracy

  1. Banana Republic……………………….

    I would love to know who paid for the bottle and why it is acceptable for a sitting president to monetarily benefit from this largesse?

    Didn’t happen at any other hotel, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Looks to me like the swamp is large and filled with Rs.

    60 more days

  2. Even Tucker Carlson is having a hard time relaying simple truths to fellow Trumpists. The basic premise has become.
    “Widespread and made obvious by the result is proof that cheating has occurred. It was done so well that proof is unobtainable, but we know they did it.”
    Known unknown, known.

  3. Sarah Blakewell in the Guardian:

    “As facts are presented as ‘fake news’ and ideas originating among those who deny the facts become government policy, we must remember that current talk about ‘post-truth’ has a political and intellectual lineage: the history of fascist lying.” Both George Orwell and Hannah Arendt, two of history’s most acute observers of totalitarianism, situated lying squarely at the heart of the totalitarian project. Not just the Hitlerian big lie of propaganda, but a culture of pervasive lying, what Arendt called “lying as a way of life” and “lying on principle”, systematic dishonesty that destroys the collective space of historical-factual reality. Orwell similarly insisted that lying is “integral to totalitarianism”: indeed, for Orwell, totalitarianism probably “demands a disbelief in the very existence of objective truth”….

  4. Now I hear that those intellectuals need to reform and stop talking down to people or they will not listen to the intellectuals. I am not sure how to characterize this Con, but my response has been to break out my crying towel for the jealousy of the Ignorant.

  5. Decades ago, my 8th grade science teacher had us play a game some days (I think it was wff-n-proof) intended to teach and reinforce our logical reasoning skills. I still recall her telling us that a side-benefit of this would be to help inoculate us against propaganda and social pressure. Back in those innocent times, she was likely thinking TV advertising and cigarette-smoking friends! But it stuck with me. Fast forward to social media today, and that side-benefit is now Job 1. It makes me wish training kids in logical reasoning and how to recognize propaganda of any stripe was an essential part of education, rather than a perq for kids who make it far enough in STEM.

    Maybe we’ll get there, if we can avoid civil war by 2024.

  6. My daughter’s middle school spent quite a bit of time over 3 years on teaching the kids to look critically at articles on the internet and what is a second hand or first hand source and whether it was a good one. This was public school in NYC and this was part of the curriculum. How much this impacts the kids I do not know but it was impressive. Do not give up hope. Trump did lose, although if a smarter potential totalitarian comes along (Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, maybe Marco Rubio) watch out.

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