“Buy American” Makes Sense, Sound True, and Does Not Work at All

There are so many things that make sense, sound true, and are absolutely, demonstrably false. “Since bleach is a great cleaner, and ammonia is a great cleaner, mixing them together makes an amazing cleaner.” “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” “If you want more American jobs you have to buy American.” This … [Read more…]

What Liberal Equality Looks Like and Why We Need it More Than Ever

I’m not sure what you’d call the people who oppose “black sites.” For those unfamiliar, the Central Intelligence Agency has operated secret bunkers in major cities on US soil. Operatives disappear people who haven’t been charged with any crime to these sites. These detainees don’t get a phone call so their families can know where … [Read more…]

I welcome Sean Spicer’s open contempt for the press

People are freaking out about White House press secretary Sean Spicer accusing the press of intentionally misrepresenting the size of the crowd for Trump’s inauguration. Then Spicer said: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.” This statement is demonstrably false. It’s not … [Read more…]

Nick Ford does not agree with me.

One of my favorite people, Nick Ford, wrote a charitable and thoughtful response to my latest FEE article about, as he put it, “overthrowing capitalism and abolishing jobs through machine learning and automation.” Nick: “If that sounds weird to you, well that’s Cathy.” He knows me. (And he loves me anyway.) My argument is essentially … [Read more…]

Inauguration day. I don’t do irony. So optimism is all I’ve got.

A few days ago my friend Gina Luttrell wrote, “Anecdotally, I am finding that optimism about Trump’s presidency correlates pretty well to the amount of privilege one has + the ignorance/denial of others’ lack thereof. That sucks.” I find this observation both fair and unhelpful. Or, I guess I should say probably pretty accurate and … [Read more…]

Kicking people who disagree with me out of my movement is childish and I’m starting to get over it.

Apparently the #WomensMarch disinvited a group of women who call themselves “New Wave Feminists” who wants to use the state to keep women from legally obtaining abortions (because there’s nothing newer than forcing women to carry to term!). Which then reignited the debate over the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” It seems to me that all … [Read more…]

Is This Eugenics?

The “is this eugenics?” argument reminds me of the “is this racism?” argument. One argument people use to justify not calling things racist goes like this. We should reserve the term “racist” for only the most egregious examples. It should not be hurled in the face of mere prejudice or a casual off-color joke. It … [Read more…]