Our Belligerent Political Process

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kottke.org—Brent Simmons writes about the Democratic primaries and keeping our eyes on the real prize: Odds are that your favorite is not going to be the nominee. And that nominee, whoever it is, needs to not have been already labeled a garbage candidate by you and by everyone whose favorite he or she isn’t. Here’s the thing: we’re fighting to stop the spread of right-wing extremism. It will get so much worse if we reelect the president. It has to be stopped now. No other issue matters, because nothing...

Yes, the Constitution Means Your Political Opponents Get Due Process Too. America's current political discourse is far from uplifting these days, with our increasingly tribal politics leading to a series of seemingly endless high-decibel battles. The funniest description I've read comes from a Canadian meme, which compared the situation to listening to a neighbor's car alarm blaring all night long. The most troubling aspect of America's polarized society isn't the constant anger and upset that is so prevalent that it's making even our friendly northern neighbors a bit...