Disqualification Round – GO!

Now that primary season is de facto over, it’s time to start making peace with the Trump nomination – and by "making peace" I don’t mean approving of it so much as letting go of my (largely negative) emotions about it and thinking it through. Because whatever else it is, Trump’s nomination is a significant…

Dead Man’s Party is Less Confused than you Think

I don’t want to defend Dead Man’s Party, necessarily. It’s not one of the good ones. But it is one of the misunderstood ones, so I guess it does need a little defending. I’ve been reading Mark Field’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Myth, Metaphor & Morality as I go through the series for maybe the…

The Gift

Apparently I missed an important anniversary by one day. 15 years ago yesterday, The Gift – the beautiful 100th episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and finale to its fifth (and final, as far as anyone knew at the time) season – aired. 22 May 2001. I’m starting to doubt there will ever be a…

Go Fish Isn’t as Bad as People Think

Alright, I get it. Go Fish isn’t one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s better episodes. Arguably, it’s one of the worst. Certainly it’s on the low end of the curve in Season Two, which boasts some of the series’ high water marks. But as I’m watching through Season Two yet again another time already, it…

It’s the Disposition, Stupid

Ideology is an indispensible category in the construction of political movements as well as in their analysis. But the longer you spend invovled in politics, the more you come to notice that it’s not particularly useful in explaining what motivates people to support politicians and movements. On the ground ideology is more like an ex…

Confirmation Bias is the Mindkiller

Consider this a sequel to yesterday’s post. Or at least a good bit of serendipity. Because you can’t really ask for a better example of the kinds of things that were wrong with yesterday’s WSJ article than Bobby Azarian’s Why do Some People Respond to Trump?: it’s Biology 101. The thesis here is an oldie…

The Aliens Among Us are You

I don’t have the data to prove it, so call it a hunch: one of the most commons ways educated people trick themselves into believing false things is failure to widen their perspective. A case in point that’s making the social media rounds this weekend is Allysa Finley’s WSJ opinion piece Trump Voters: Not So…

The Right of the Party

Let me just get my bias out of the way: I’m a #NeverTrump-er. I’m also not a Republican, so at least for now it’s not my call. The Republicans can nominate whomever they like for whatever reasons they like. I’m just one of hundreds of millions who gets a (rarely exercised, in my case) right…

1972

Comparisons to past elections are fun, especially when they trip you up. A lot of people, me included, have spent some time trying to fit the current contest into 1972. It’s like a puzzle piece that you have in your hand, and you know where it fits, but you can’t quite see it yet because…