Know Who Likes Nazi-Punching? The Nazi.

Rebecca: There’s been a bit of talk the last few months about “Nazi-punching,” whether there are forms of politics so evil that the correct response is not debate but, rather, pre-emptive violence. I’ve not been comfortable with that line of thought — I think as liberals we should lean to the “talk” side of politics … Continue reading “Know Who Likes Nazi-Punching? The Nazi.”

Yes, They’re “Killing” “Donald Trump” in Central Park. Let’s Stop Insulting the Rubes, Eh?

Dear Rebecca: Here is the controversy du jour: New York’s Public Theater lost support from two high-profile corporate donors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, on Sunday amid intense criticism of its production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” which depicts the assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler. “No matter what your political stance may be, … Continue reading “Yes, They’re “Killing” “Donald Trump” in Central Park. Let’s Stop Insulting the Rubes, Eh?”

Dennis Prager’s Civil War (Or: Why I’m Going to Keep on Loving Donald Trump Supporters, Dammit)

Rebecca: I’ve mentioned a few conservatives who intrigue me because of their willingness to think in unorthodox ways. Dennis Prager, on the other hand, is a conservative who intrigues me because he is so relentlessly orthodox, so consumed by his contempt for liberals, that I know I’ll never find common ground with him. On anything, … Continue reading “Dennis Prager’s Civil War (Or: Why I’m Going to Keep on Loving Donald Trump Supporters, Dammit)”

Sticking with Moral Complexity

Joel, It’s been a hard week for moral complexity, huh? The Democratic Republic of Congo found footage (note that this link takes you to a story in The Guardian, not footage) of the murder of Michael (MJ) Sharp, a Mennonite who was working with the UN to investigate violence in the DRC, and his colleagues. Fourteen people … Continue reading “Sticking with Moral Complexity”

James Gunn, Hannah Gadsby and the insufficient rewards of provocative white guy comedy

You’ve probably heard about James Gunn being fired from his job as director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie franchise after alt-right activists turned up old tweets with gross and inappropriate jokes. It’s prompted a fresh round of questions about “what is funny?” a debate that can never be resolved. But as it happens, … Continue reading “James Gunn, Hannah Gadsby and the insufficient rewards of provocative white guy comedy”