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Much has been made recently of how Trump’s populism and economic nationalism have tapped into this previously obscure strain of intellectual conservatism that arose in California. But a bigger, and perhaps stranger, surprise is how deeply Trump’s view of America as a nation in need of saving is shaped by California itself. Trump’s candidacy is usually seen as a shotgun marriage of East Coast money and heartland rhetoric, a slick Manhattan salesman retailing a muscular vision of “America” to voters in the Midwest and South—about the least Californian form of politics imaginable. And since the election, California, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, has emerged as the diverse, globalist anchor of the “Resistance.” But under the hood, the state has been the ideological engine of the more heterodox strain of Trumpism now driving much of the president’s policy.
The Huffington Post
6 months
Trump said he was open to the idea of reappointing Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve. On the campaign trail, he said he would most likely replace her. I like her, I respect her, Trump told the Journal at the time. Trump said he supported the Export-Import Bank, noting that small companies are really helped by the institution. During the campaign, he said the bank was unnecessary. On each of these issues, Trumps turnabout puts him in lockstep with the Washington economic policy consensus. And in each case, Trump is walking away ― at least for now ― from the heterodox views he expressed during the campaign. This weeks reversals follow his shift on Syria last week, when Trump fired cruise missiles at an airbase after repeatedly saying he opposed U.S. involvement in the countrys civil war.
Forbes
5 months
If I, at times, recommend heterodox policies, and these people over here are using heterodox policies, then they must be right, right? The universe of not conventional economic policies contains everything from quite possibly useful ones to every mistake anyone has ever made in public policy.
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That's not exactly a stirring argument in favour of his policies, is it? And maybe heterodox economic policies are not all they're cracked up to be?
Slate
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Early in November, just a few days before the election, a gathering of white nationalists, heterodox academics, libertarians, and other misfits of the right convened in Baltimore. The H.L. Mencken Club was meeting for its ninth annual conference—a two-day affair featuring lectures, debates, and conversations about the future of American conservatism. November’s conference came amid surging interest in the alt-right, which owes its very name to the club. In 2008, a speech from the inaugural conference by its president, Paul Gottfried, was republished under the titleThe Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right ” in Richard Spencer’s Taki’s Magazine , the earliest prominent usage of the phrase. At November’s conference, Gottfried echoed that 2008 call for the marshaling of an “independent” and “authentic” right.
Politico
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Bush White House, Schlapp doesnt fit the profile of most Trump supporters. And it was significant that the chairman of the ACU emerged as a prominent supporter of the most heterodox candidate in the history of the Republican PartyTrump had famously declared, “This is called the Republican Party, not the Conservative Party.” But Schlapp has devoted himself to rehabilitating CPAC’s image, which has been one of his biggest challenges. “The event had become a series of stump speeches; it didnt have a theme, and it was not well balanced in terms of cultural, national security and economic issues,” he said. “We have rekindled the organization, and it is more effective.” In the three years since he assumed the chairmanship, the conference has included far more educational programming than in previous years. And speakers — even big names like Texas Sen.
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This year’s CPAC will be the first in nearly a decade with a Republican president in office. And Trump, who has been greeted in previous years with a decided lack of enthusiasm, will undoubtedly receive a hero’s welcome from the grass roots. It will be an honest reflection of the feelings of the Republican base, a majority of which continues to rejoice at holding the majority position in both houses of Congress after years in the political wilderness. Schlapp is certainly a reflection of that sentiment. A former Capitol Hill aide who served as political director in the George W. Bush White House, Schlapp doesnt fit the profile of most Trump supporters. And it was significant that the chairman of the ACU emerged as a prominent supporter of the most heterodox candidate in the history of the Republican PartyTrump had famously declared, “This is called the Republican Party, not the Conservative Party.
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The Huffington Post
6 months
Pharma does get away with murder. Literally murder. People die because they cant get the prescription drugs they need. The Vermont senator is trying to strike a delicate balance as he takes a prominent role in Democratic efforts to resist Trumps agenda. Sanders has on more than one occasion suggested that Trumps professed heterodox economic views on trade and infrastructure ― as well as his stated support for protecting major social insurance programscreate opportunities fopr collaboration. To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him , Sanders said in a statement the day after the election. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.
The Huffington Post
6 months
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady presided. Laura Albert, the star of Author: The JT Leroy Story, and Kirsten Johnson, whose Cameraperson is a frontrunner for Oscar nomination. Keith Maitland's Tower is also a strong contender. The Harvey Milk director Robert Epstein acknowledged Barbara Kopple's important influence on his film, and Kopple remembered Sharon Jones, the subject of her film, Miss Sharon Jones!, who recently died of cancer. "I thought she would live on," said Kopple in tribute to the singer dubbed the female James Brown. Here is a list of the Camera Eye Award winners from a ceremony last night at the Museum of the Moving Image: Outstandin g Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking Cameraperson Directed by Kirsten Johnson Produced by Marilyn Ness Outstanding Achievement in Direction Ezra Edelman OJ: Made in America Outstanding Achievement in Editing Nels Bangerter Cameraperson Outstanding Achievement in Production Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow OJ: Made in America Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Kirsten Johnson Cameraperson Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score David Byrne, LeeAnn Rossi and Aaron Rosenblum Contemporary Color Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation Keith Maitland and Craig Staggs Tower Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film Hooligan Sparrow Directed by Nanfu Wang Audience Choice Prize Gleason Directed by Clay Tweel Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television Making a Murderer Directed and Produced by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos For Netflix: Adam Del Deo and Lisa Nishimura Spotlight Award Those Who Jump Directed by Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking La Laguna Directed by Aaron Schock Heterodox Award All These Sleepless Nights Directed by Michal Marczak Legacy Award The Times of Harvey Milk Directed by Rob Epstein A version of this post also appears on Gossip Central .
The Huffington Post
5 months
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The term "Middle East" - coined in the 19th century - fails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam - and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
5 months
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
5 months
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
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It's astounding that these views are being expressed in the mainstream at last, on Brian Lehrer's WNYC show . Hat's off to Lehrer. Maybe this will break a dam and lead to what Cohen seeks: open debate of US policy towards Russia. The American people do not want a new cold war, he says, even if the Clintonite elites do. The interview's not up yet at WNYC , so my summary is from handwritten notes: Cohen said the Demonizing Russia narrative began last August on the front page of the New York Times at the behest of the Clinton campaign. Paul Krugman and the New York Times have continued to this day to slur Donald Trump as a Kremlin agent, when there is no evidence to support such a view, and that such comments stigmatize everyone who takes a heterodox position on the new Cold War. And that younger scholars now fear speaking out because of this orthodoxy, lest they close off career opportunities.
Variety
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Open Culture
7 months
Yet, almost no songwriter has inspired so much volubility from Bob Dylan, who spoke to Remnick at length about the fine intricacies of Cohen’s “counterpoint lines.” “His gift or genius,” said Dylan, “is in his connection to the music of the spheres.” Cohen’s lyrical sophistication charted his heterodox embrace of Judaism and Zen Buddhism, and his fascination with Christianity. But before he arrived in New York as a “musical novice” at thirty-two and became a mystical folk troubadour, he was a highly-regarded and controversial poet and novelist, a “bohemian with a cushion” from a Montreal Jewish family “both prominent and cultivated.” He even had a documentary about him made in 1965 . Cohen began publishing poetry in college and put out his first collection at 22, then moved to the Greek island of Hydra, where he met Marianne and published several more collections and two novels.
Open Culture
7 months
Yet, almost no songwriter has inspired so much volubility from Bob Dylan, who spoke to Remnick at length about the fine intricacies of Cohen’s “counterpoint lines.” “His gift or genius,” said Dylan, “is in his connection to the music of the spheres.” Cohen’s lyrical sophistication charted his heterodox embrace of Judaism and Zen Buddhism, and his fascination with Christianity. But before he arrived in New York as a “musical novice” at thirty-two and became a mystical folk troubadour, he was a highly-regarded and controversial poet and novelist, a “bohemian with a cushion” from a Montreal Jewish family “both prominent and cultivated.” He even had a documentary about him made in 1965 . Cohen began publishing poetry in college and put out his first collection at 22, then moved to the Greek island of Hydra, where he met Marianne and published several more collections and two novels.
The Guardian - Film
8 months
Racism, deaths in police custody and attitudes to homelessness are the targets of protest of this fascinating documentary Film-makers Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis get alongside radical groups formed by young people of colour in London, protesting about racism, deaths in police custody, migrant policies, attitudes to the homeless and gentrification. It is an interesting experience, with the directors occasionallylocked out” of meetings, like the makers of the recent Vice film about Jeremy Corbyn . Sometimes this looks like a preliminary sketch for a longer and more in-depth film, but it is engaging. There is a chaotic moment when one group goes into full People’s-Front-of-Judea mode: an autocratic leader expels all those not taking his line and then releases a statement claiming that a certain heterodoxcollective” had left. Quarless and Younis track the feelings of some activists as it dawns on them that there is a bit of machismo going on and that the nature of peaceful protest is more nuanced and gendered than had at first appeared.
Politico
a year
Jeff Sessions, an early ally of the campaign whose hardline positions on trade and immigration anticipated Trump’s. Miller is the wonk behind much of the campaign’s actual policy proposals, and his focus on the issues has largely kept him out of the infighting that continuously roils Trump’s campaign. While keeping a low profile, Miller travels often with the candidate and frequently drafts his stump speeches. In a Trump administration, Miller would work to implement the heterodox policies Trump has proposed, implementing a more protectionist trade stance and cracking down on illegal immigration. Hope Hicks | Deputy communications director The only member of Trump’s inner circle under 30, Hicks joined the Trump Organization in 2014 to work in PR for Ivanka before being drafted into her father’s political campaign. Endowed with the title of campaign communications director, Hicks has declined to appear on camera during her first professional foray into politics.
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The Huffington Post
10 months
Now those who re-post "undesirable" Facebook posts, spend time catching Pokemon in a church or express heterodox opinions are subject to prosecution under Article 282 of the criminal code and can be put away for years. What the "party of war" wants is more money for the military industrial complex and the tightening of political screws at home. Back to USSR - the future is the past! North Korea and Iran are becoming a model; and the regime will be secure for at least a couple of decades, they hope. In this struggle, all instruments are valuable, including incessant propaganda on TV that the U.S. is pursuing the dismemberment of Russia; that the hidden world government which is in the hands of the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds controls the US and is out to get Russia. The examples of America's ill will include "US-inspired" regime changes in Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine, and support of the Arab Spring.
The Huffington Post
a year