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The Problem of Donald Trump Didn’t Start with Donald Trump


democratic elections are not meant to adjudicate such matters anyway. They are by definition a mechanism of temporarily designating who gets to run the country. (The question is posed to voters again and again, on a regular schedule.) If the issues at stake are about the very “soul of America,” democracy quickly reveals itself to be a profoundly unsatisfying means of organizing our politics.
via The Problem of Donald Trump Didn’t Start with Donald Trump
Worth a read.

We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists – Member Feature Stories – Medium

Reactionary centrism is an ideological stance that isn’t really centrist at all. It can elevate a speaker in the mainstream media as a liberal-ish critic of liberalism and make someone feel good about being above it all and not taking sides, but it’s increasingly a stance that leads to sloppy thinking, especially as the Republican party continues to lurch rightward and away from democratic rule.
We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists – Member Feature Stories – Medium

I used to call this hippie punching. agreeing with liberal principals while attacking actual liberals based on straw man liberal caricatures.