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The anti-transit social justice trap

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On August 18, 2019
In nine days we’ll learn the fate of the Koch brothers and related interests’ attack on public transit in Phoenix. The forces of non-evil could definitely win this; Phoenix has consistently voted for this, albeit not in low turnout special elections, and by comfortable but not huge margins. I don’t have a sense of how […]

Bus lane hero

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On August 15, 2019

One subset of what we might call “Seattle twitter” has been debating how we should think about the woman in this video: https://twitter.com/JaimeSeattle/status/1159268600391196673 This wom

Heckuva Job, Spokane Valley

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On April 22, 2019
Jason Wilson of the Guardian has obtained some chat records that include Matt Shea, a State Representative from Washington’s 4th district, and, yikes: A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian. […]
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NC Supreme Court

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On December 5, 2018
Since I don’t think it’s been discussed much here and seems to have flown under the radar a bit, let’s talk about the North Carolina Supreme Court election. I heard about this race from a politically connected North Carolinian, and have seen fairly little coverage and discussion elsewhere. Here’s the basic sequence of events: The […]

Warren and native identity

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On October 16, 2018

We’re in one of those exceedingly rare moments when national media outlets are seeking out and elevating Native American voices, with respect to Elizabeth Warren. Much of what they’re shar

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White kids and white privilege

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On September 8, 2018
Inside Higher Ed has a brief interview up with sociologist Margaret Hagerman on her new book, White Kids: Growing up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America. I’m not familiar with her work, but this book sounds impressive and worth a read. Her methodological approach reminds me to a degree of one of my favorite […]
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