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Apocalypse not yet

Demonstrations against president-elect Donald Trump continue in cities and on college campuses. (The image at right is from an anti-Trump walkout at Rutgers University.) Small groups continue to torment people who look like they belong to groups (blacks, Latinos, gays, … Continue reading

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The Tea Party falters

I took this Gallup poll result from the New York Times  “Taking Note” column, just because I wanted to take note.  Support for the Tea Party in surveys peaked at the end of 2010 at less than 30 percent, and … Continue reading

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More on the Tepid TEA (Party)

Every time I log on to the world, there’s more evidence that the Tea Party movement’s moment is passing. We see the strength of American social movements in their organizations, their ideas, and their activities.  (We’ve covered much of this … Continue reading

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March for Chuckles?

Here’s something new.  Comedy Central’s hosts have announced competing demonstrations at the same time and place.  I don’t know what kinds of politics are at work here.  Then again, maybe this isn’t so different from Glenn Beck’s March to Restore … Continue reading

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The Numbers Game

When activists stage an event, they want to impress others with their commitment, unity, their worthiness, and their numbers.  (This formulation is from the great sociologist, Charles Tilly.) They want to show their opponents that they are strong and powerful–and … Continue reading

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