History will judge us harshly for this, and will look with particular venom at Trump's political opponents in both parties, who over the years were unable to win popularity contests against a man most people would not leave alone with a decent wristwatch, let alone their children.
Trump's original destiny was the destruction of the Republicans as a viable entity in modern American politics. Then he ran a general election like he was trying to lose, and won. Now his legacy is the spectacular end of America's fragile racial consensus. read more
When Julian Assange was arrested in London a few days ago he was carrying, face up, a copy of Gore Vidal's "History of the National Security State."
This book was published 2 years after the death of Vidal in 2012.
It consisted of a transcribed discussion between Vidal and Paul Jay, the editor of the Real News Network between 2005-2007.
The back cover features a quote from Vidal: "I think everybody should take a sober look at the world about us, remember that practically everything you're told about other countries is untrue." read more
When incendiary stand-up Michelle Wolf took the stage at last year's White House Correspondents Dinner, she was hoping to kill. It probably didn't occur to her that she'd end up killing the event itself. read more
Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy:
When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.
The news media is now loathed in the same way banks, tobacco companies, and health insurance companies are, and it refuses to understand this. Mistakes like WMDs are a problem, but the media's biggest issue is exactly its bubble-ness, and clubby inability to respond to criticism in any way except to denounce it as misinformation and error.
The public is not stupid. It sees that companies like CNN and NBC are billion-dollar properties, pushing shows anchored by big-city millionaires ...
Media companies run by the country's richest people can't help but project the mindset of their owners, and they are naturally incompetent when it comes to viewing their own role in society ... The public sees through this with ease. The press is completely in denial about this. read more