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Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM PDT


by parallax

Enough with the outrage.

Each day the headlines here, at TPM, at HuffPo, and other left political sites scream of the latest outrageous behavior by Republicans. Endless Benghazi hearings, appointments blocked, voting rights denied, illegal contributions, statements so looney they make you smack your forehead in disbelief; the list goes on and on. Followed by appeals to sign the petitions and contribute a few bucks here and a few there. To what end? Who will be swayed by the petitions? What will the bucks buy?

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With pundits drooling over Ryan's "courage," why has no one from the Progressive Caucus stepped up with a counter proposal? Perhaps we need to write one for them. Initial thoughts below.

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:07 PM PDT

 Another Dem Author Going Indie

by parallax

No, not registering Independent, publishing as an independent.

You’ve probably heard that the publishing world is in a tizzy because of ebooks. It’s actually in a tizzy for a number of reasons, chief among them the fact that people aren’t buying as many books as they used to, in any format. Nevertheless some of us still think we want to be writers. For the writer the upheaval has opened up new opportunities for being a self-published independent author.

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Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 11:35 AM PDT

Bipartisanship. Really?

by parallax

Sen. Obama often speaks eloquently of his intentions to change the tone of politics and foster a cooperative, bipartisan approach to government.  Given the tone of the McCain campaign, however, this seems unlikely in the near term. From the Congressional Democrats’ point of view, why cooperate with people who call you names? If there is to be any hope of bipartisanship, the Republicans must change. Perhaps we can help with that.

Let’s consider the possibility that this will really be the big win that is shaping up (with due regard for the dangers of complacency). What do Democrats stand to gain from bipartisan politics that we don’t gain simply by controlling the White House, both houses of Congress and (perhaps) a 60 seat supermajority in the Senate? We can repair most of Bush’s damage and return to sane and progressive tax and fiscal policies without help from the Republicans, but there is one long-term goal that can only be reached through bipartisanship. That is finding a process for dealing with the culture wars without paralyzing the government. Is that possible?

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Somebody on this blog (I tried to look it up and failed) once asked why there are no leftie thrillers being published. Not an idle question, since there are plenty of winger thrillers out there, from Crichton’s last two efforts to the Left Behind series, and the race to foil an Islamist terrorist plot has become such a cliché that you only see it on TV.

It wasn’t always that way; I still remember reading Failsafe and Seven Days in May when I was in high school. The film Syriana provided a nicely cynical alternative viewpoint on the Middle East, at least for me, but I don’t remember seeing it in book form.I suppose that LeCarre has been providing some heft on the leftie side of the thriller ledger, but the yield from American authors has seemed thin of late.  I think we should do something about that.

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