The Death of Taboo

How Donald Trump and his allies drained the stigma from society's worst transgressions. by Josephine Livingstone New Republic edited by O Society June 29, 2019 https://youtu.be/4RgQ-JDiOic In 1988, a German journalist for the left-wing paper Die Tageszeitung (a.k.a. Taz)  described a busy discotheque as “gaskammervoll,” meaning that it was as packed as a gas chamber (literally, “gas-chamberful”). … Continue reading The Death of Taboo

How American Celebration of Being Triggered and Trolled Culminates in a Celebrity Insult Comic in the White House

Shock jock comedy gave way to Donald Trump’s Republican Party where meanness is a virtue by Ben Schwartz New Republic edited by O Society April 26, 2019 Last month, Media Matters surfaced a litany of racist, misogynist, and creepy comments that Tucker Carlson made from 2006 to 2011 on shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s … Continue reading How American Celebration of Being Triggered and Trolled Culminates in a Celebrity Insult Comic in the White House

11-Year-Old Florida Boy Arrested for Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

by By Stephanie Claytor Bay News 9 Florida  Feb 14, 2019 LAKELAND, Fla. — An 11-year-old Polk County student refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and after explaining his reasons, he was kicked out of class and arrested for being disruptive and disobeying commands to calm down and leave the classroom. Incident hapened … Continue reading 11-Year-Old Florida Boy Arrested for Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

We dug ourselves a really deep hole – on the rise of far right extremists

David Neiwert reported on the US far right for decades and watched as the conservative movement steadily adopted its outlook and ideas   Jason Wilson interviews Doug Neiwert Guardian Jan 27, 2019 David Neiwert has lived in his Seattle neighbourhood for decades. But it, like the US, has changed beyond recognition around him. Once upon … Continue reading We dug ourselves a really deep hole – on the rise of far right extremists

How Everything Became the Culture War

America’s petty tribal arguments are now driving the bus on serious policy. Here’s why we should worry. by MICHAEL GRUNWAL Politico December 2018 To understand how American politics got the way it is today, it helps to rewind the tape to the presidential campaign of John McCain—specifically to his effort to win back a listless crowd at an otherwise … Continue reading How Everything Became the Culture War

What the Hell is Cultural Marxism?

a collaboration by  Global Research and O Society “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H. L. Mencken "Cultural Marxism?" What the holy hell are you talking about? —Any sane … Continue reading What the Hell is Cultural Marxism?

Time to give up on identity politics: It’s dragging the progressive agenda down

Identity politics only served to disempower the left and fuel the rise of white nationalism. Can we move on? by ANIS SHIVANI Salon Race is the foundation of identity. I would say that that’s kind of a more touchy-feely version of this, but it’s maybe the most important one. We understand ourselves as coming from some place. … Continue reading Time to give up on identity politics: It’s dragging the progressive agenda down