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A Government of Men

There’s much rejoicing in the pwogosphere about Obama’s executive order “banning” torture. But I use scare quotes around “banning” for two reasons. First, as Greg Sargent notes, the president left wiggle room in the order for a future redefinition of torture, by establishing a special Task Force to …study and evaluate whether the interrogation practices […]


American Conservatism

The regnant strain of “conservativism” in America uses a rhetoric of “personal responsibility” in order to denigrate and scapegoat the less privileged and more marginal members of our society because it is not conservativism: it’s conservativism’s tatooed ex-con brother-in-law: white ethnic nationalism. Its fundamental ethos is a hastily constructed set of cultural resentments. Its commitment […]


The Cat’s in the Bag

The last but one of our two cats died a couple of months ago (http://www.davetrowbridge.com/blog/2008/04/16/goodbye-ranae/), and the remaining one, Cleopatra, seemed to mourn for quite some time, and was slowing down, no longer racing around on an “mission for God.” So we recently adopted a year-old brown and white tabby from the Santa Cruz Animal […]