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  • On Powerful People “Jokingly” Threatening Violence

    December 28, 2016

    David Burress

    Powerful people are not like other people.  When powerful people make jokes about violence or retaliation or racism or firing people, they are not joking at all.  They are making threats under cover of quasi-plausible-deniability.   I call it quasi-plausible because no one is actually fooled, although supporters of the powerful will loyally pretend to be.  In ...

  • Wanted: Sane Policy on Nukes

    December 21, 2016

    David Burress

    The US has around 7,000 nuclear weapons. Under any reasonable military theory we actually need well under 200 at most. 100 is a better guess. I’m still waiting for any national politician to propose a unilateral cut to 200 warheads.  Having too many warheads is dangerous and very expensive. Obama has approved a trillion dollar upgrade on ...

  • Another Note on Identity Politics

    December 21, 2016

    David Burress

    When you say identity politics is divisive, you are saying that oppressed groups should not organize themselves against oppression. You are also revealing a curious belief that oppression will just go away if they don’t organize.   The problem with identity politics is not its existence, but rather the widespread failure of those who engage in it ...

  • A Kleptocracy Too Short of Neofascist Tyranny?

    December 20, 2016

    David Burress

    Many on the left issue confident predictions that Trumpism either is, or is not, a temporary American derangement. I am not confident of my ability to be sure either way.   One of the unnerving things about Trump’s election is the fear that he might try to establish an enduring neofascist tyranny.  I am somewhat reassured by ...