The burden of proof for political change lies on the left

If American politics were on trial, conservatives would be the defendants and liberals the prosecution. This means the burden of proof would fall on liberals. Why? Because, at its core, the American experiment is conservative. Yet despite the profound…

The Republican project is malignant but more coherent than that of the wishy-washy Democrats

I often point out to people the irony that the supposedly hardworking, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” Republicans are the same people who obsessively support tax cuts, the laziest way to earn more money. But…

Republican contempt for democracy is consistent with our constitution

Many, including at times myself, have been shocked by the decorum of Trump and the Republican party of the last four years. How could they behave like this? Have the Republicans always been this outwardly hateful? Why are they twirling their…

Today’s aesthetic style is same day delivery

A depressing aspect of the present moment is that both a Wells Fargo commercial and the latest Netflix Chef’s Table special have the exact same aesthetic. If you muted them, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish the two. All of contemporary life, it…

Observers feign concern over the messaging, but really fear the policy itself

Left of center political observers have recently clashed over a semantic issue, the slogan “defund the police.” What exactly does “defund” mean? Who will solve murders? Should we “defund,” or “redirect funds,” or “refund non-law enforcement social services”?….It…

Make commentary great again

If you’re like me, you consume cultural texts and their analysis in roughly equal amounts. For example, after watching a movie I often like to read an essay analyzing it. When it’s sharp, cultural analysis can be as enlightening as the text it deconstructs. …

We can endlessly divide the world or add it up with a goal in mind

Do you all ever think about infinity? It’s one of those mental abstractions unique to human cognition and thus sort of unavoidable, like object permanence or episodic foresight. We are forced to confront the infinite…

Daniel Ernst

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