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Don’t Let Them Know What You’re Against or What You’re For

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Saturn devours his young: President Trump.

* So weird to see Donald Trump going through all the traditional rituals of assuming the presidency, like the ceremonial settling of your $25 million fraud cases.

* When Mike Pence Went To See Hamilton. (UPDATE: God forbid me, I don’t think this is absolutely insignificant.)

* The Problem of Judas in Amos Oz’s new novel.

* Film analysis minute: Indiana Jones and the collaborators.

* I feel sad.

* Dan Berger in Jacobin: This fall’s prison strikes are a model of how to both survive and challenge an authoritarian, racist order.

It starts with accepting a simple fact: the Republican Party nominated a candidate better suited to winning a presidential race in 2016.

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* Suicide contagion in the Age of Trump. The Banality of Trump. While You Weren’t Looking, Donald Trump Released a Plan to Privatize America’s Roads and Bridges. Hey, just out of curiosity, are there any checks in place to keep the US President from starting a nuclear war?

Let me tell you a story about a major party’s nominee for President of the United States.

* I come to you now, at the turn of the tide: Finally, the MLA speaks.

* What the: Minnesota Woman Sues Her Trans Teenager for Transitioning Without Her Consent.

* Before the Flood.

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* Pokémon originalism is a thing now.

* Give it a chance.

What kind of New Jersey accent do you have? What’s the most New Jersey thing you can think of?

* Two days after Donald Trump was elected forty-fifth president of the United States, the Canadian government quietly tweaked our immigration system to make it easier for many Americans to move to Canada.

75 million years ago, turkeys were 7 feet tall and built for speed. And one day, they’ll have their revenge.

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…the intellectuals, the lackeys of capital, who think they’re the brains of the nation. In fact, they’re not the brains, they’re the shit.

Lenin and the intellectuals.

Lenin altered the law to permit external exile of the regime’s purported reactionary foes. That outdid the czars, since the state previously had transported enemies only to Siberia and the like. Lenin also mandated that police shoot exiles on sight if they returned to Russia. But he didn’t want to shoot them right away—Western opinion still mattered then.

Like so much else horrific in Russian history, the foul strategy came to pass, abetted by Trotsky and others. Eighty-five years ago this month, on August 16 and 17, the regime arrested scores of intellectuals. On two other dates, September 28 and November 16, the GPU (secret police) ushered more than 60 Russian intellectuals and their families onto German cruise ships in St. Petersburg (then Petrograd). The September ship was the Oberbürgermeister Haken, the November ship, the Preussen. Involuntary passengers included the great Christian existentialist Nikolai Berdyaev, the philosophers Semyon Frank and Nikolai Lossky, and the literary critic Yuly Aikhenvald, who had translated Schopenhauer into Russian.

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August 15, 2007 at 1:12 pm

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