The Right-Wing’s insatiable desire to bash California is in high gear amid false claims that the Golden State has legalized child prostitution

If you’re still curious about just how sick the American body politic has become, there’s nowhere more informative than that spot on the Internet where fake news intersects with the right-wing’s paranoia over all things Californian. For the past 10 days or so, that fetid point in cyber space has virtually vibrated with outrage over the Golden State’s purported “legalization of child prostitution.” From team Trump’s favorite, the widely read Breitbart.com—a self-proclaimed “platform” for the alt-right—to the Conservative Daily Post to World News Net to the right’s more obscure corners, like churchmilitant.com, which among other things defends geocentrism (the belief that ...

Bits of Borrowed Wisdom For an Anxious New Year

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Dan Berrigan, Jesuit priest, anti-war activist, poet: Start with the impossible. Proceed calmly toward the improbable. ---- A. E. Houseman: The laws of God, the laws of man, He may keep that will and can; Not I: let God and man decree Laws for themselves and not for me; And if my ways are not as theirs Let them mind their own affairs. Their deeds I judge and much condemn, Yet when did I make laws for them? Please yourselves, say I, and they Need only look the other way. But no, they will not; they must still Wrest their neighbor to their will, And make me dance as they desire With jail and gallows and hell-fire. And ...

The Right’s Hatred of California Is Really Fear of a Future that Already Is Working

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Back before the country lost its mind, journalists sent to report on California first reflexively noted its eccentricities, then deployed an entire lexicon of wondering clichés to describe the importance of what they’d seen: The “Golden State,” they wrote, was studded with “signposts to the new,” the place where “the future came to happen.” This, though, is the age of Trump and to his supporters California has become an “outlier,” a pariah no longer part of the “real America.” The state’s crime was to prefer Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in such numbers that she won the popular ballot by nearly 3 million ...