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Showing posts from August 20, 2017

Long but Interesting Read in "The Atlantic"

This article by Kurt Andersen-- "How American Lost its Mind" in the September 2017 The Atlantic is long, and contains a lot of unfair generalizations (I'm disappointed that he seems to lump all Christians/Christian belief in the same category), but if you want to understand Trump, and Trumpism, worth your time. To whet your appetite, some excerpts: ... "[In 2005], The Colbert Report went on the air. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Stephen Colbert, playing his right-wing-populist commentator character, performed a feature called “The Word.” His first selection: truthiness . “Now, I’m sure some of the ‘word police,’ the ‘wordinistas’ over at Webster’s, are gonna say, ‘Hey, that’s not a word!’ Well, anybody who knows me knows that I’m no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They’re elitist. Constantly telling us what is or isn’t true. Or what did or didn’t happen. Who’s Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was finished in 1914? If I wanna say it ha