“All other things aside, 2017 will be remembered as the year when madness gained acceptance in mainstream politics and everyday life. Last year raised one key question that begs for an answer: Why is there such a similarity between the mindset of right wing conservatives and the mentally ill?”
As this year melts into next, we thought we’d revisit five key problems the country faces for readers who have a keen interest in the extent to which America, while not the barren, bone-strewn wasteland imagined in Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, does have a set of rather serious issues it needs to address in 2018.
“Modern day misogyny, as the ultimate male fantasy, is a nostalgia for the times of lower entropy, a return to the past as a site of coherence, and a relapse to the patriarchal setting when man held their “naturally deserved” upper hand and He (who is a male) ruled the world.”
That is so patently absurd that it eludes all attempts to lampoon it. The entire history of this country is built on overt white privilege and various manifestations of misogyny.
“There’s no shortage of ways to autotune our thoughts and behavior as citizens and investors. Scripts, symbols, tribalism. Some come from our own minds and some from external sources. Some we force on others. But we always, always have a choice. Do we allow others to write our scripts?”
“The basic idea is to transition the discussion of an issue that threatens one’s tribe from a substantive one to a discussion of relative credibility.”
“The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs.”
“It’s clearly the playbook for our modern markets, where we are trained by the Nudging Fed and the Nudging Street. We are Clever Hans, dutifully hanging on every word and signal from Janet or Mario or Goldman or Merrill as we stomp out our investment behavior.”
“Realizing and accepting this has made me — an eminently replaceable, untenured, gay, mixed-race woman with PTSD — realize that no matter the precariousness of my situation, I have a responsibility to model the appreciation of difference and care of thought I try to foster in my students.”
“Then, my colleagues and I spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. “
“I wonder what Madison would have to say about that today.”
“Many of the unfair ‘opportunity hoarding’ mechanisms used by the upper middle class have racist origins – exclusionary zoning, legacy preferences, for instance – and now serve to entrench class positions, as well as racial gaps.”
“No, no, no. Then we know what we’d be doing. We’d be scheduling immediate hearings in Congress about the worst domestic terrorism event since 9/11. Then Donald Trump would be tweeting every hour “I told you so,” as he does minutes after every terror attack in Europe, precisely to immediately politicize them.”
“Since WWII, the number of mass killings (defined as an idiosyncratic, not state-sanctioned, killing spree with multiple victims) has been growing exponentially at a rate of 5% every year. This means that every 20 years or so, the number of mass killings triples (1.0520 = 3).”
“Why? Three reasons.”