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Sam Wolfe

Rise of the anti-intellectual intellectual

The loudest complaint is that journalists, politicians, academics etc. share a set of shibboleths that taint everything that they discuss or write about.

Can Trump lose?

Firing Comey was a bad move, but one that will go down as further evidence that Trump’s support is nigh-untouchable.

Sartre and video games

If a lack of engagement with the world you are immersed in presents a profound spiritual problem — and I agree with Sartre that it does — then video games provide a welcome remedy.

Media report card

After a polarized response to my last media piece, I figured it was only fair that I once again evaluate how the media has been covering Trump.

Trump’s Turnbull trouble

Of course, Trump was never going to be Obama 2.0 on the White House phone, but his campaign refrain about “getting along” with foreign leaders appears to involve considerably more bickering than the phrase evokes in my mind.

The media is broken

If you regularly read left-wing news, I’m now going to ask you to perform a thought experiment. Ask yourself: how many articles have you read over the last year that put a positive spin on something Donald Trump has done or said?

Nerds + ur-fascism = ?

Trawl through enough of the material that such people publish and you notice a curious overlap between far right-wingers and, well, nerds. The overlap is nicely summed up by a Reddit thread I happened upon one day: “Wtf is up with all the reactionaries in online anime communities?”

Post-truth? Give me a break

After a flurry of think pieces from liberal mainstays like Slate, Vox, The Washington Post and even The New York Times, the Oxford Dictionary went ahead and announced that “post-truth” was its word of the year for 2016. Here’s how they define it: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential…

In memoriam: The conservative renaissance

The life we mourn was, of course, that of the conservative renaissance, a period beginning some time in 2013 and terminating on March 15, at approximately the moment when Marco Rubio dropped out of the Presidential race.

The authoritarian fantasy

My first column for the Daily focused on why Trump’s norm-shattering candidacy appeals to his base, bringing together voters disillusioned by prevailing economic and cultural mores. I also mentioned the alt-right, and — perhaps a little harshly (though they are no strangers to name-calling) — labelled them a motley crew of xenophobes and sexists. Perhaps surprisingly, then, I see parallels between them and the “campus radicals” that the mainstream media has had such a field day with.
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