Have we ever needed radical humor more than now, when the anticipated defeat of a blustering racist/sexist will bring a hawkish neoliberal into power? Actually, there has been a need for bitter irony as well as good hearty laughter as long as there has been organized society -- in this case, the US. I admire greatly a little book published in 2015 that didn't get enough play, Socialism… Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation, by Danny Katch. It instantly reminded me, at least on some pages, of that forgotten socialist bestseller, Life and Deeds of Uncle Sam, by the "Socialist Mark Twain," Oscar Ameringer (1909), a satirical history of the nation. Here he is on Puritanism: "After landing at Plymouth Rock they held a prayer meeting to thank the lord for deliverance ... Next day they caught a Quaker and burned a hole through his tongue ... Witchburning was their only amusement and when other folks put a stop to this practice, they invented Thanksgiving and got even."
"Like many other prison sentences, mine begins with a poor choice. I drove under the influence and someone was killed." This was the first description I read of many in my search for what I like to call a "committed friendship." I was surprised at the honest (and sometimes humorous) descriptions of prisoners looking for someone to talk to on the outside world.
The judges Trump has suggested as possible Supreme Court nominees reveal a right-wing extremist approach. His choices would change the Supreme Court's ideological makeup for four decades and affect reproductive rights, workers' rights, voting rights, environmental rights and more.