Category Archives: Democracy

National distractions: Does draconian democracy deconstruct the administrative state

By ann summers Like Caliguila’s horse, Draco (not the Harry Potter one) ordered death penalties for cabbage theft, but had no cure for a leader who also had the mind of one. The Trump Cabinet continues to surprise us with … Continue reading

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not-so-secret Hitler of the anonymous Op-Ed

By ann summers The anonymous op-ed in the NY Times has shown that Trump may have (only) one dissenter in his WH. It’s still a game of Secret Hitler, and the unhingery continues. John Miller/Baron’s cabinet has bad hinges. But … Continue reading

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Darn them ‘vituperative’ critics of Lord Dampnut, The 4th Estate is ‘shocked’ at the incivility

By ann summers The contagion of incivility: President Trump says undocumented immigrants want to “infest” the United States. His critics respond with vituperative words of their own. https://t.co/S6CgmiuhdQ — NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) June 21, 2018   Mr. Trump’s coarse discourse … Continue reading

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Still no smoking gun, still more like a smoldering arsenal

  By ann summers The retreat to the #TrumpRussia bunker continues and the mashed potatoes are not yet ready. Experts don’t think the trolls behind Russian Facebook accounts could have determined who to target on their own, but the question … Continue reading

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Oh look, moving the US embassy will make them forget about everything else …Not

By ann summers Since November, the accidental president has been trying to escape having won by the perfect storm of Russian intervention, voter suppression, covert sexism/racism, and strategic dirty tricks. #TrumpRussia continues its dogged march, with Mike Flynn’s deal with … Continue reading

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Lets talk about social media

Social media is a handy way to communicate with family and friends, and a way to share precious moments with others. The applications that provide these services are many, and I will not attempt to list them all. They all … Continue reading

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Populism is no longer a useful concept

  By ann summers Courage and representation are now in short supply in the US. Populism is problematic in that its tendency has been manipulated to mobilize classes to act in opposition to their interests. We are at such a … Continue reading

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What Do People Mean When They Say I Want My Country Back?

Author’s Note: In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, I’ve chosen to republish my essay dated March 29, 2015, originally entitled “What Do Conservatives Mean When They Say “I Want My Country Back?” Minor revisions have been made … Continue reading

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How easy is it to hack the actual vote?

Its technically very easy, depending on how secure the equipment is stored when it is not in use. To be effective, the hack would only work on machines that will not produce a record of input from the voter and … Continue reading

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It’s still about the money … so they found convenient (t)reasons to fire Comey, #TrumpRussia

   By ann summers he wasn’t under investigation because everyone around him in #TrumpRussia was under investigation He asked for more funding for the Russia investigation, so they fired him. This is exactly as bad as it looks. https://t.co/S1cPX4bbbX — … Continue reading

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