Mike Lofgren

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Saturday, May 09, 2020
"Reopen the Economy": the Republicans' Nero Decree
The New York Times’ columnist Paul Krugman is one of the few fixtures of the major prestige media honest enough to forthrightly explain why there should be no “controversy” (a word beloved of journalists) about Republican policies. These policies are not just mistaken, nor are they something about...
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Republican street theater, maybe even (or perhaps especially) when it threatens public safety or human decency, works like catnip to the mainstream media, who invariably trot out their prefabricated clichés about "economic anxiety." (Photo: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Another Republican "Grassroots" Movement Hijacks the Media
The Republican Party and its right-wing allies are incapable of governing. They have no policy principles other than a knee-jerk rejection of the policies of the opposing party; indeed, of all this country’s traditional notions of governance. They have a secret sauce, however, that keeps them...
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There is no longer the slightest doubt in any sane person’s mind that not only are the GOP’s fundamentalist-extremist religious allies a death cult disguised as 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organizations.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 17, 2020
The GOP Has Become a Death Cult
A decade ago, in my first public writing since leaving Capitol Hill, I warned that the Republican Party, in its evolution towards an extremist conservative movement allied with extremist Christian fundamentalism, was becoming like “one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
How a Yale Academic Trolls the Liberals on Trump's Looming Reelection
A recent piece in The Wall Street Journal by Walter Russell Meade has caused a bit of a stir among the chattering classes. Headlined “The Coronavirus May Make Trump Stronger,” it argues that President Trump’s abysmal and malfeasant handling of the greatest public health emergency in a century is a...
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A passenger wears a face mask on an almost empty Swiss Air flight from Hamburg, Germany to Zurich, Switzerland, on March 22, 2020, in Hamburg, Germany. Airlines worldwide have had to cut back flights as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Are Mass Plane Travel and Mass Tourism Unsustainable?
“Ah, for the days when flying was a gentleman’s pursuit! – before every Joe Sweatsock could wedge himself behind a lunch tray and ‘jet off’ to Raleigh-Durham.” —Robert (“Sideshow Bob”) Terwillinger, The Simpsons, “Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming." In recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic’s...
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Trump & Fox News' Sean Hannity Views
Saturday, March 14, 2020
How Authoritarianism Short-Circuits the Lizard Brain
The tendency of Republicans both to respond to and sow fear and panic has been with us for decades. Yet during the coronavirus pandemic, to anyone who bothers to look, we are seeing a new and strangely unremarked twist to their behavior, a development that gives valuable -- and chilling -- insight...
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Is Joseph saying that Trump, by the force of his magnetic personality, will send young people thronging back to the faith? (Photo: Creative Commons) Views
Friday, December 27, 2019
The Stupidest Op-Ed of 2019 Argues Trump Will Inspire a Religious Revival
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. —Matthew 24:24 Just when you thought the soon-to-expire year had long since reached peak stupidity, Newsweek published a piece that set a record for preposterous...
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The incoherent discourses of Devin Nunes and Rudy Giuliani didn’t come out of nowhere, nor are they purely a sign of obedience to Trump. They had been germinating for ages in what was once called, without irony, the Party of Ideas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty) Views
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Protocols of the Elders of the Republican Party
How do the horrific events of Charlottesville, the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and a similar hate crime in California directly relate to the eye-rolling pronouncements by Devin Nunes, Rudy Giuliani, and other Republicans in defense of President Donald Trump? The answer can...
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House Judiciary Committee members (L-R) Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) share a laugh during a hearing about the Mueller Reporter in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Spare Us From the Vichy Republicans
Item: Bob Livingston. Remember him? When last seen by the wider public in the waning, innocent years of the 20 th century, he was the newly minted designee to succeed Newt Gingrich as Republican Speaker of the House. But he abruptly resigned after it was revealed ( thanks to the public service of...
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 Here's what we know from modern U.S. history, writes Lofgren: "The elites failed at every level." (Photo: David Eulitt/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Are We the People Unfit for Democracy?
In typically subtle fashion, Politico reported on a recent conference of political psychologists on the present state of democratic systems. Its arresting headline: “ The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy .” It seems one of the participants, Shawn Rosenberg , professor of political...
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