Robert Levering describes "How Anti-Vietnam War Activists Stopped Violent Protest from Hijacking Their Movement." "(T)he primary way to deal with those who advocate violent tactics is to isolate them," he writes, "(to) do everything possible to separate them from the peaceful demonstration," because violent protestors need the cover of nonviolent protestors the way fire needs oxygen. Also, nonviolent movements need to "train() marshals" to "essentially be our own force of nonviolent peacekeepers." You just know the "liberal" media would rather talk about violent protestors than the vast, vast majority of nonviolent ones.
Like Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post, I'm tired of the media pretending Paul Ryan is a smart guy, when (as someone once said) he's a dumb guy's idea of a smart guy. He says "(t)he people who are healthy paying for the people who are sick" like that's not how insurance usually works (except the people who are sick are also paying for the people who are sick). And you and I and everyone you know will belong to both groups at different times in life. I was surprised to learn that Mr. Ryan is so terrible he even makes Tucker Carlson look good for a minute, though I'm sure that's exactly how they both intended it.
You've perhaps heard Sean Spicer declare that "the deep state" has it in for President Trump, but Mike Lofgren, the man who coined the phrase "the deep state," reminds us that Mr. Trump's actions thus far suggest that he and the deep state actually have the very same aims. It's more tax cuts for the rich, more freedom for banksters, and more war against the Middle East all down the line, even if "free" trade is gone (for now!). It's enough to make you think (as Mr. Lofgren says) that Mr. Trump could save Our Glorious Elites' political agenda "by masking it in a façade of fake populism and reality-TV stage management." Unless we step up with real populism, that is.
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) alleges that President Obama is staying in D.C. to create a "shadow government," and then his office walks his comments back. Say obnoxious crap and then say you didn't really mean it -- well, that was the formula for getting attention in America, at least before Mr. Trump cut out the second step. But Mr. Kelly says so much obnoxious crap that some enterprising Democrat in his district could put together a greatest hits ad -- though let's learn from 2016 and not run only that ad, OK? Because if you want to hold public office, you have to do something.
Finally, we learn how the "Kalamazoo Promise" -- where a Michigan town pays 65 to 100% of your college tuition if you graduate from a Kalamazoo public school and meet certain other criteria -- has improved lives there. Lower dropout rates, higher college-completion rates, alleviated student loan debt, a rebounding population -- and yet some of the folks who've benefited the most still fret that other folks will find out they got help to go to school, when everyone gets help to do everything. Why, some of our richest Americans are completely dependent on Big Gummint, though they prefer you to think otherwise.