Mike Lofgren

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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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Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump (L) and Jeb Bush high five during the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2016 presidential race. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
No Cause Has Achieved the Same Combination of Deranged Views and Raw Power as the Modern American Right-Wing
First, the usual disclaimer: every cause, movement, ideology, religion, or political party necessarily attracts its fair share of kooks, neurotics, con artists, and would-be Führers. It is in the interaction between the lonely, isolated soul that paradoxically seeks both self-expression and...
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
When It Comes to Plutocrats Like Epstein and Trump, Always Assume the Worst
By now, everyone not vacationing in a sensory-deprivation tank knows the outlines of the sordid tale of self-proclaimed hedge fund magnate Jeffrey Epstein. In the fallout from his July 6 arrest, the implications of the case, especially considering the plutocrats, politicians and other elites who...
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People walk by a portrait of President Donald Trump that was completed by artist, Julian Raven at the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on Friday March 01, 2019 in National Harbor, MD. (Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 01, 2019
Integralism: The Shiny New Toy of the Right
The Next Big Thing in American right-wing circles is integralism, or, in the original French, intégrisme . Founded in early 20 th century France, integralism stresses a comprehensively integrated social and political order complete with religious and cultural conformity. Of course, somebody would...
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 President Donald Trump hands his pen to Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney (front-L), after signing an executive order entitled, 'Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch', beside members of his cabinet in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured are Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon (2-L), Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (3-L), US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (4-L), Secreta Views
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Reverse Darwinian Selection Afflicts Trump’s Washington
In the 1960s, at the very dawn of the New Right rebellion, William F. Buckley, Jr., declared that he would rather be governed by persons selected from the phone directory than the faculty of Harvard. Conservative egghead bashing has a long pedigree, and even Buckley, an aspiring patrician with one...
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Monday, June 03, 2019
Enough. Wake Up, Sheeple!
George Bernard Shaw once wrote , “We are more gullible and superstitious today than we were in the Middle Ages, and an example of modern credulity is the widespread belief that the Earth is round. The average man can advance not a single reason for thinking that the Earth is round. He merely...
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Trump at AIPAC Views
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Iran and the Coalition of the Weird
Ordinarily I am out of sympathy with the sort of disappointed right-winger who makes excuses for Trump because the complete fascist program hasn’t (yet) been instituted. Poor Liddle Donnie, or so goes their dirge, is an involuntary captive of the Washington Swamp, the Deep State, or whatever their...
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Friday, May 10, 2019
Just When Did America Go Nuts?
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” —Matthew 24:24 “At first we thought they were just another snake cult, but now their towers are everywhere.” —Conan the Barbarian...
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Two-and-a-Half Cheers for the Mainstream Media
Even in its redacted form, and even without the counterintelligence investigation material that was part of its task, the Mueller Report has largely vindicated the last three years of media coverage of Donald Trump’s and his presidential campaign’s connections to Russia. The report doesn’t contain...
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Friday, March 22, 2019
Seymour Hersh's Anonymous Sources
Ever since 1969, when he rose to national prominence with the story of the My Lai massacre , Seymour Hersh has been one of the best-known investigative journalists in the world. His career has not been without controversy . His most recent piece, about the recently deceased George H.W. Bush’s role...
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