The demographic and economic reasons we should expect more violent white supremacy

“It is possible that Dylann Roof is not an outlier at all, then, but rather emblematic of an approaching storm,” wrote Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah in an amazing piece called A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof which I highly recommend you read in full. I want to expand a little upon something I wrote recently … [Read more…]

A woman is an awesome thing to be

While we’re all still recovering from the Google memo, Olga Khazan has published a fascinating piece for the Atlantic: Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work? The piece highlights, with empirical research, how women often respond to sexism against women by engaging in sexism against women. I wrote about this years ago: The Definition of Feminism: What Does … [Read more…]

My history with Christopher Cantwell

When I wrote recently that libertarianism and fascism have a complicated relationship, I was thinking specifically about people like Christopher Cantwell, who represented the grassroots movement for violent white nationalism in the VICE documentary on Charlottesville. The SPLC (which which I have my grievances) has a good history of Cantwell’s libertarian thought leadership and activism. My history with … [Read more…]

Black Guys with Guns

Some progressives are calling for Oakland to rescind the permit they’ve extended to a “Prayer meeting” for a group of white nationalists on August 26. I am not a Nazi. I explicitly and thoroughly repudiate and oppose fascism. This is important, first, because you never know these days. And second, because what I’m about to … [Read more…]

Fascism is not Capitalism

This weekend white nationalists descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the City of Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. Several hours into the “Unite the Right” rally 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed his silver Dodge Charger into a crowd of protesters twice, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 20 other protesters. … [Read more…]

New column! Sam Altman and Honey Badgers!

New column goodness! Sam Altman Will Need A Honey Badger to Fix San Francisco In other housing news, Bernie Sanders fan group “Our Revolution” supports the Mortgage Interest Tax deduction, which “May very well be the most regressive piece of social policy in America.” Speaking of regressive, @SFyimby on Brisbane’s decision to delay approving new housing last night: “It’s … [Read more…]