Conservative Judicial Activism?

Some liberal commentators have worked themselves into a righteous lather over the Supreme Court’s hearings on the constitutionality of Obamacare. In particular, E.J. Dionne, Jr. of the Washington Post accused conservative justices of acting “as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.”

It’s the conservatives, seethed Dionne, who are the real judicial activists, whom they pretend to deplore. What blatant hypocrisy! Continue reading Conservative Judicial Activism?

OWS: Political Messaging Beyond Politics

Some journalists have grumbled that the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests lack the traditional elements of protest campaigns — namely manifestos, goals and demands.  But I believe these reporters are missing the genius of the campaign.

By using a very simple hook — we are the 99 percent — and focusing nothing but raw discontent on a single facet of American life, Occupy Wall Street protesters are pointing the way towards a genuinely postmodern form of social movement. Continue reading OWS: Political Messaging Beyond Politics