Rural counties declaring themselves gun rights ‘sanctuaries’
This brief articled offered by The New York Post highlights an interesting cooption of the rhetoric of “sanctuary cities” by conservative gun-right activists in the state of Illinois. The piece details a choice by Effingham County, among others, to appropriate the phrasing -- commonly associate with cities like
Chicago which have come out in defiance of more stringent immigration regulation under the Trump presidency—for the purpose of “[protecting]… Second Amendment rights,” in the words of David Campbell, vice chairman of the aforementioned Effingham County Board.
Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think
This piece, offered by the New York Times, explores the claim that totalizing liberal truth claims in politics may serve to further hamper Democratic political efficacy in the upcoming 2018 election season. This piece comes at an interesting time in which, as the author points out, President Trump’s approval ratings have seen an uptick all the while Trump-allied seats are being flipped blue. This piece offers a cogent analysis of some communicative barriers which may bar Democrats from seeing their political
goals realized in deeply held red territory, as well as some serious underlying problems in communication and empathetic political practice that will inform whatever 2018’s election brings.
Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?
The Atlantic offers, with this piece, an analysis of aesthetic-resistance of left leaning media producers and productions, offering a relatively objective at-times- critique, other-times- praise, of the passivity of political resistance lobbied from the left at the Trump presidency, from music to movies to television. It
is a long read compared to other articles this newsletter has offered in the past, but it is well worth reading through the end; what questions might this piece raise towards our own practice of cultural consumption and production as a political practice?