Some brief thoughts on the failure of the Tea Party.

Since the economic crisis of 2008, the U.S. has seen the emergence of two populist movements: the Occupy movement, devoted to the dismantling of the global capitalist oligarchy; and the Tea Party movement, devoted to the sending of really angry Republicans to Washington.

I’m not really in a place to judge the former, since their goals are more nebulous and their action more local, but recent events have made it really, really obvious that the Tea Party has failed by any objective measure. Let me give a couple thoughts on why. Continue reading

Gun Control at Chick-fil-A: Confessions of a Culture Troll

All right, I admit it. I ate breakfast at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. Not so much because I agree with much of what they have to say (I don’t). And not so much because I think their freedom of speech and/or religion is being abridged (I don’t). It’s not even because I’m particularly against gay marriage (I’m not). Actually, the main reason was that it was on my way to work, and I like their Chick-n-Minis. But I can’t deny I took some sort of perverse pleasure in the whole thing. And I’m not sure how I should feel about that. Continue reading