Gothenberg, 2001

Here’s a little history lesson.

You might have heard about The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) protesting hard in France for the past few years. There was a comparable movement in the late 90s and early 2000s, which focused on radical group tactics of defense in order to successfully stand up to riot police and other forms of crowd control. …


How a dwindling minority of mid-caste teacher’s pets dominate the expert class despite their near-total lack of experience

I’ve written before about the Square University Culture. I don’t mean everybody who attends university — I mean people who are born in comfortable circumstances, advance easily through the educational system, get their university degrees, then find jobs and settle into comfortable lives (generally including marriage, kids, buying a house, fiddling around on the stock market, maybe a dog) until they eventually die. A lot of folks will read the preceding description and say, “But isn’t that everybody?” Hilarious.

There are presently around 2.3 million people incarcerated in the USA. Most of those are poor people with limited education (less…


Legally speaking, DMX is Innocent. Let’s get out in front of this.

I never cared too much about DMX. He’s an all right rapper, but I don’t care for his lyrics, and that growling monster style he copped from Onyx never really did it for me. He died either yesterday or today, generating a wave of RIP posts and tribute articles. Then, like clockwork, folks on social media started posting that he was a known rapist.

It’s true that DMX has been accused of rape. …


Big epiphany with morning coffee

This seems like an odd thing to write an article about, but it hit me hard this morning and I can’t stop thinking about it. I put myself last. People are out there arguing over who gets the vaccine first, and I’m fine with all of them getting it before me. Constant fights over who gets the college scholarships and high-paying jobs, and those things do sound nice of course, but it doesn’t bother me if I’m last in line. I’ve often been quite poor, but rarely applied for food stamps or unemployment, and never felt it was important for…


What’s it going to be: Do we believe the president is a rapist, or do we think his accusers bear the burden of proof?

BelieveWomen?

I started writing this article during the 2020 election campaigns, but I decided not to publish it until the whole mess was decided. I saw a sliver of hope for the Trumpists to hang onto power, perhaps by way of some 9/11-like military disaster and subsequent declaration of emergency or simply by getting the Trump-friendly Supreme Court to declare the election invalid, but at this point it seems Uncle Joe is securely ensconced in the White House, so I’ve decided it’s safe to update and publish the article. Not safe for me — far from it — but safe for…


It ain’t complicated, folks.

LIving a full and respectable life, 2021 style

There’s another wave of Internet and University types talking about how nobody in the USA is having sex anymore. It’s poignant, really, to hear all these poindexters on Twitter and five million podcasts featuring those exact same people; just bewildered about this and applying the full power of their wildly-overpriced education to figuring it out. Guess what? The reason so many people aren’t having sex is because they’re a bunch of shut-in nerds. All those Twitter celebrities are nerds. Have you seen the Chap Trap House guys? …


You can only have so many friends.

For how long have the people of the Rich World devoted their strongest focus and allegiance to imaginary things? It brings to mind distasteful theoreticians like Guy Debord and his Society of the Spectacle — I think it’s safe to say his predictions on that subject have been borne out. The online discourse every day involves the challenges and questions that we’re dealing with in our real lives, but imposed upon fantasy worlds instead of our own.

People write about this, often in an anti-Woke mode, listed among the signs that the Left has gone insane. That’s not my intent…


a 1990 anti-war rally

I’m queer. I’m also 47 years old, which means I came up before a lot of the terminology of the present-day existed. Even the term “queer” didn’t exist as a sexual identity before my generation started saying it — it was a softcore slur, the sort of thing straight guys said to express mild disfavor without crossing the line all the way to “faggot.” Come to think of it, we didn’t really think of sexual orientation as an identity, at least I didn’t. I thought of it as something I did, more than something I was. I remember when I…


What the world was thinking about right before COVID hit, in parade form

Carnival 2020 in Italy: The original superspreader event

My birthday (February 18th) was getting close, and I’d resolved to spend it in Bangkok. What was unclear was how much longer I would stay on with the puppet troupe I’d joined in Germany. There was talk of forming a band among the members of the troupe, with me as lead singer, but that hadn’t coalesced by the time the show wrapped. Thus, I had a few days to kill, and nowhere in particular to go. At this same juncture, it dawned on me that Carnival was about to start. The only question remaining was: Which city?

Carnival is a…


I’ve seen it a hundred times, folks.

For the purposes of this article, “fascists” will be used to refer to a loose-knit association of small groups who have repeatedly assembled in and around the city of Portland in order to express support for the Police and for Donald Trump (Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys, 3% Militia, et al.); as well as the not-unrelated gangs who assembled to commit racist violence in the 1980s and 90s (skinheads, White Aryan Resistance, KKK, et al.) I do this not to indicate that these movements are identical — they are not — but to identify commonalities in responding to their violent attacks…

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