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Vincent Harris, AfD and Netanyahu

Would it surprise anyone that Vincent Harris, a Texas-based political consultant who helped the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) achieve 12 percent of the vote and 94 seats in the Bundestag in the recent German election, has also consulted for the campaigns of US Senator Ted Cruz, (briefly) Donald Trump– and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud […]


Among the New Left of the 1960s, there was a phenomenon called anti-anti-Communism. That is, many leftists of the era has no particular illusions about the “progressive” nature of the Soviet Union or the eastern European satellite nations (although some still romanticized Mao’s China and Castro’s Cuba). But they were more critical of those on […]

Weston and Waters lead PEGIDA’s UK launch

It doesn’t seem too long since Tommy Robinson was inspiring some (including me) to hope his views had changed under the influence of Quilliam and Anne Marie Waters was making a bid to stand as a Labour PPC in Brighton.  But now both have apparently joined forces with Paul Weston in a British launch of […]

Wisdom from the Left and the Right

This is from the leftwing American academic Fredrik deBoer: I know men and women, people of every race, gay and straight, trans and cisgender, and of every other facet of human diversity, who have deep reservations about the current habits of the American left and are desperate for a realist left movement that cares about […]

Rightwinger gets really mad at New York Times

Reacting to the first editorial to appear on the front page of The New York Times in 95 years (calling for outlawing certain kinds of combat weapons and ammunition for civilian use), here is what influential rightwing blogger and Fox News commentator Erick Erickson did. I shot holes in the NY Times editorial – This […]

Republican craziness watch

The latest fellow “Fellow Conservative” email to reach my inbox is an indication of how the hard righwing of the Republican party– having tasted blood with the announced resignation of House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner– is starting to lose its collective mind. An outfit called The Madison Project is looking to fund an effort […]

“I boycotted the Pope, so send me money”

I’ve received yet another “Fellow Conservative” email, this one from Republican Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona. I wonder if he’s feeling a little foolish since the news came out that Pope Francis met privately with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who was briefly jailed after she refused to comply with a federal court […]

Ann Coulter on the “f—ing Jews”

A reminder that when you press some people on the Right, their true colors can emerge– as happened with Ann Coulter during her live tweeting of the Republican presidential candidates’ debate Wednesday night. It’s interesting to see how much support she got from her fans for the “f—ing Jews” tweet. Update: Now #IStandWithAnn is trending […]

Bill Kristol on expunging

Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard (a leading journal of mainstream conservatism in the US), thinks the Confederacy and the people who fought for it have been getting an unfair rap in recent days. The Left's 21st century agenda: expunging every trace of respect, recognition or acknowledgment of Americans who fought for the Confederacy. […]

Texas state rep to Muslims: pledge allegiance to America or stay out of my office

There was a time not so long ago when Republicans actively sought the votes of American Muslims and won big majorities among them. In 2000 the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council endorsed George Bush over Al Gore and Ralph Nader. Shortly after Bush’s inauguration Kerri Houston of the American Conservative Union said that Muslim voters […]