The premise of Trumpist populism is that the political preferences of a shrinking minority of citizens matter more than democracy.
Jay LivingstonThe opposition to Obamacare 10 years ago wasn't about healthcare. Opposition now to an assault-rifle ban isn't about self-defense. It's about a group (older, non-urban, WASP) losing its position of dominance. (Also true of Prohibition 100 years ago.)
After a rash of student protests against controversial and conservative speakers on college campuses, state lawmakers around the country are passing legislation they say protect everyone’s free speech rights. Not everyone agrees.
September 14, 2019 Posted by Jay Livingston People in the lower class and working class are more likely do things that violate middle-cla...
Jay LivingstonA recently popular conservative argument:
1. Elites increasingly believe that success depends on luck
2. The poor have adopted this view, so...
3. The poor work less hard, so...
4. They become poorer.
It’s a silly idea, but someone had to refute it.
President Donald Trump said Sunday that he's "not sure that (he's) ever even heard of a Category 5" hurricane, despite four such storms -- including Hurricane Dorian -- having threatened the US since he took office.
Jay LivingstonAnother malicious and unfounded CNN attack on Trump. First our beleaguered president has to endure fake news, and now fake weather.
August 22, 2019 Posted by Jay Livingston In the 1930s, wealthy Republicans called FDR “a traitor to his class.” The logic of this label s...
Jay LivingstonOld Whine, New Bottle. “Traitor to his class,” “limousine liberal,” “radical chic,” and now “luxury beliefs.” Conservatives hate it when privileged people support policies and ideas that favor the poor and not the rich.
In a Metal Mood” Season 4 Episode 8 of The Revisionist History Podcast with Malcolm Gladwell.
Jay LivingstonMalcolm Gladwell claims that he seriously wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Pat Boone. Surely Gladwell is pranking us. But I guess pranking is legitimate dishonesty. Not like being less than honest about data..
President Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to accept any responsibility for inciting violence in American communities, dismissing critics who have pointed to his rhetoric as a potential source of inspiration for some citizens acting on bigoted...