A PLAUSIBLE DOOMSDAY FORECAST I HOPE DOES NOT COME TRUE So I'm afraid I have to change my mind about the absurdity of a Trump presidential candidacy. I have to admit, when I first heard that The Donald was planning a bid for the presidency, indeed, even when I saw his announcement speech, I scoffed. I... Continue Reading →
THE NEW POLITICAL SPECTRUM OF AMERICAN EMPIRE Abbey Marten of teleSUR interviewed Noam Chomsky on the contemporary status of American politics and the current political spectrum as it relates to American Empire. The series is called The Empire Files and is a new favorite of MSB.
THOSE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS ARE MOSTLY JUST BIGOTED A##HOLES! That's right. I said it. I used a swearword in my blog...um...almost! Take that PC Police! Okay. So I'm being a bit tongue in cheek here--but only a bit. In the last few months political observers have commented on the amazing rise of the Washington... Continue Reading →
ASKING SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ON POLICY It is the long standing tradition of the Journal of a Mad Sociologist and the associated blog to not endorse political candidates or parties, and 2016 will be no exception. That being said, Bernie Sanders' campaign has invigorated a progressive agenda that has been woefully anemic for the last couple... Continue Reading →
ON STRAIGHT TALK AND REALITY Sometimes I think I am the only one in the world who is not shocked, just shocked, by the meteoric rise of Donald Trump in the Republican primary. Well, maybe me and Paul Krugman. After all, Donald Trump may be a joke to the rest of the world, but he... Continue Reading →
WHAT DOES BUSH'S RHETORIC REVEAL ABOUT HIS WORLDVIEW? Just a quick note on Jeb Bush's flub about Americans needing to work longer hours. Of course, the very premise is ridiculous, as Mother Jones points out. For the sake of analysis, however let's take him at his word that he was referring to part time workers... Continue Reading →