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.


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


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


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


“The Last Empire” – Gore Vidal


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


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


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


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


“White”  by Bret Easton Ellis

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

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