A Puff of Absurdity: Requiem for the American Dream

This is Chomsky’s last long-form documentary. It came out in January, but I hadn’t heard about it until recently. I paraphrased the 72 minute video liberally with links to further readings below. It’s about the American Dream: the idea that you can be born poor but work hard enough for a home and car and ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Retaliation

Both Hedges and Reich are writing about Trump’s frightening behaviour. It’s not just the weird tweets, but the follow-up from him and from supporters.  Reich discusses Chuck Jones’ experience: “I’m getting threats and everything else from some of his supporters.” And he talks about Trump’s tweet proposing cancelling a fictitious Boeing order, which resulted in a ...

A Puff of Absurdity: If You’re Not Turned on to Politics…

…. politics will turn on you.  – Nader Hedges is at his most impassioned in this debate with Robert Reich. It’s just the last 35 minutes of the show. But his point was made years ago by Rage Against the Machine, in this video directed by none other than Michael Moore. At less than four minutes, ...

A Puff of Absurdity: If You’re Not Turned on to Politics…

…. politics will turn on you.  – Nader Hedges is at his most impassioned in this debate with Robert Reich. It’s just the last 35 minutes of the show. But his point was made years ago by Rage Against the Machine, in this video directed by none other than Michael Moore. At less than four minutes, ...

The Disaffected Lib: The GOP War on Working Class America

Freshmen GOP – 2010 Paul Krugman recently questioned the sanity of Congressional Republicans who, he contends, have inflicted such a level of dysfunctionality on the federal government as to leave America ungovernable. Robert Reich, however, seems method in the madness of the “Party of No.” The real answer, I think, is they and their patrons ...

The Disaffected Lib: Mitt Romney – Class Warrior

Mitt Romney wouldn’t be the first really rich man to enter the White House.   But, as Robert Reich points out, he’d certainly be a lot different. America has had hugely wealthy presidents before — think of Teddy Roosevelt and his distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt; or John F. Kennedy, beneficiary of father Joe’s fortune. But ...