21 November 2016

On criticizing the President

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. ... Read more

20 November 2016

So, what now? Part 3: Thinking longer term

In part 1 I covered quick and easy things to do (albeit mostly requiring money). In part 2 I covered privacy and protection against authoritarian government. Now for the part where it gets dark: thinking about how to protect yourself in the longer term, through and past the Trump regime and its effects. Don’t panic and leave I’ve seen people say they’ll move to another state, or another country. I believe that’s a bad move, for two reasons. ... Read more

17 November 2016

The secret Trump voter

Reveal podcast recently ran a show on the secret Trump voter. One of the Trump voters they talked to was Richard Spencer, white nationalist. Spencer invented the term “alt right” for his political movement, which calls for a racially pure post-American nation state. He talks in his interview of the importance of white identity — which, along with a belief that whites are treated unfairly, is a powerful predictor of Trump support. ... Read more

15 November 2016

Long term strategy

“You know what solves it? When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster. Then you’ll have a [chuckles], you know, you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great.” — Donald Trump, Fox News, February 2014. “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment. ... Read more

15 November 2016

So, what now? Part 2: Information security

In part 1, I looked at quick easy activism involving donations to political organizations and charities. In this article I’ll look at something totally different — protecting your privacy. As you might have noticed recently, senior FBI officials seem to have a pretty chummy relationship with Donald Trump. I’m betting that the FBI and NSA will do whatever mass surveillance Trump asks them to. For his part, Trump has a history of surveillance — he used to listen in on private phone calls at his own resort. ... Read more

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