Tulsi Gabbard and Justin Amash

These are the two most interesting dissident members of the two major parties.

They are both in the House of Representatives and are known for challenging their party on issues near and dear to me – war. Gabbard is running for her party’s nomination. Amash, I hope, will look to the Libertarian Party for their nomination. Looking forward to seeing how they approach a very opinionated media, the Trumpist trolls, the military-industrial complex (called “The MIC” on Twitter), and the Evangelical Left.

America then and now

I have organized a recommended reading list of cultural history/criticism/history about America in the 20th and 21st century – roughly in order of publishing. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day is a good amount of time to peruse ten books that will leave you with a greater sense of why the world around you is so twisted.

1995:

“Hotel America: Scenes in the Lobby of the Fin de Siecle (Theory, Culture and Society)” – Lewis Lapham

1999:

“The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy” – Nicholas Lemann

2000:

“Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” by David Brooks

2001:

“The Last Empire” – Gore Vidal

2010:

“A Renegade History of the United States”  by Thaddeus Russell

2012:

“Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America”  by Gustavo Arellano

2014:

“Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals” by John LeFevre

2015:

“Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”  by Sam Quinones

2019:

“White”  by Bret Easton Ellis

“The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics”  by Michael Malice

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