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Adorno explains Palin’s tactics, but Obama’s?

April 19, 2010

Under the subject line “Adorno explains how Palin is able to deploy such psychologically sophisticated tactics…”, I recently sent Andrew Sullivan the following quote: “The leader can guess the psychological wants and needs of those susceptible to his propaganda because he resembles them psychologically, and is distinguished from them by a capacity to express without […]

Stamping CLASSIFIED on Dreams from My Father

July 10, 2009

From MSNBC: McLEAN, Va. – The federal government’s most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material “potentially detrimental to national security” and rejected an inmate’s request to read them.Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is serving a 30-year sentence at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo., for joining al-Qaida […]

Canada’s health care system and why Americans should want that shit

July 8, 2009

I want to quickly respond to the Canada-bashing that seems so rote in the US re: our public system. The media loves to cherry pick critics of the Canadian system, which, though far from perfect, as a Canadian living in the States for the past year (on my university’s insurance plan), I can say is […]

The statement I was waiting for…

June 20, 2009

From Obama just now: The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United […]

Figuring Obama’s confidence and the US economy

June 18, 2009

Michael Tomasky in the NYRB writes: I was struck by the sense of good feeling and optimism among these people [Democrats]. There was a broad understanding of the importance of the historical moment. In stark contrast to 1993 (Bill Clinton’s first year as president), the factions within the Democratic Party are keeping their disagreements pretty […]

The American Response, Ctd.: Obama Speaks!

June 15, 2009

Voila: S’what I been sayin’ yo! Tell it straight /and/ don’t overreach: Respect the process. Respect Iran’s significance. Express how impressive and inspiring the peaceful civil expression has been. And give the reformers tacit moral support. 4 more years.

Iran post-election, Ctd.: The American Response

June 14, 2009

I wanted in this post also to touch on the appropriate American response. I think Obama giving an address directly to the Iranian people, while a high risk move, could have a much higher payoff than others are speculating. It would be a statement of recognition of the democratic potential of the Iranian people, and […]

Max Blumenthal’s Video of Racists in Israel, Ctd.

June 10, 2009

Was talking to my roommate about the Blumenthal video, and he said that he actually recognized the yeshiva that the group of drunk dudes at the table were from (a couple had the insignia on their clothes). He pointed out that it’s a yeshiva targeted towards “high risk” young Americans, and its students are notorious […]

Obama‚Äôs speech and the spirit of Tiananmen Square, Ctd.

June 5, 2009

The comment I made yesterday here originated as a response to my friend DM who posted as his facebook status: “I appreciate Obama’s speech in Egypt and all, but I think it’s insulting to the victims, to have scheduled his visit on the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square.” A pretty interesting debate ensued (transcribed below): […]

Obama’s speech and the spirit of Tiananmen Square

June 4, 2009

Is it a coincidence that Obama chose today to address people living overwhelmingly under repressive regimes about the values of democracy from a platform that allowed his voice and arguments to be heard everywhere in the world?