Reading: Trump Booed – Civility Police Call for Respecting the Office

Source “Respect for the office” is a self-governing citizen’s sin of idolatry. In that context, the Presidency is a graven image. Why should I respect the office of the president when the occupant so clearly doesn’t? Why should I respect the office of the president when it serves as a clubhouse for cheap crooks and… Continue reading Reading: Trump Booed – Civility Police Call for Respecting the Office

Reading: Forget Trump’s “Meltdown”—Follow the Testimony

Source Early – and very clear – statement of Trump’s scheme. We need the clear statements to unmuddy the waters. Trump himself, in other words, was putting together a rogue foreign-policy team, run by Giuliani, the President’s private attorney, that would go outside normal N.S.C. and State Department channels to pressure Ukraine. The effort would… Continue reading Reading: Forget Trump’s “Meltdown”—Follow the Testimony

Reading: Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Source If you run ‘em, you’re complicit. “We’re in a post-truth era now where the spoils won through deceptive demagoguery are clear. Cable news and digitally native publications have turned distortion of facts into a huge business.” Until you aren’t: “This is why the social networks should halt sales of political campaign ads now. They’re… Continue reading Reading: Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Reading: University of the People?

Source Another note on how the lack of public academic discussion is being shaped: “UNC also has a just-launched Koch-funded Center for the Science of Moral Understanding. The Center seems redundant with an in-progress UNC Program in Public Discourse, first named the Program in Civic Virtue and Civil Discourse. Both direct attention away from the… Continue reading Reading: University of the People?

Reading: Watching the Gate

Source Barlow argues for intellectual discussion at universities. But discussion has been co-opted by feckless university administration bowing to Industry Leaders. That’s probably too simplistic, but it wasn’t long ago that state universities offered more substance than TED Talks. I care that American colleges and universities are putting forward meaningless drivel like “As an institution… Continue reading Reading: Watching the Gate

Reading: George Conway: Trump Is Unfit for Office – The Atlantic

Source Your civics lesson for the week. And so it turns out that impeachment is a more practical mechanism for addressing the fact that Trump’s narcissism and sociopathy render him unable to comply with the obligations of his office. It’s also an appropriate mechanism, because the constitutional magic words (other than Treason and Bribery) that… Continue reading Reading: George Conway: Trump Is Unfit for Office – The Atlantic