Amanda Marcotte,

Amanda Marcotte

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Recent articles by Amanda:

"Succession," Trump, and the end of the American myth of meritocracy

HBO's satire mirrors how mediocrity combined with ruthlessness can lead to success in America → Read More

Another debate with too many candidates? Yes — but the race has shifted dramatically

Twelve candidates take the stage in Ohio — for the first Democratic debate since impeachment hit the headlines → Read More

Kim Gordon on "No Home Record" and why "palatable" art doesn't affect change

Salon talks to the former Sonic Youth bassist about the darkness lurking under our consumerist society's sunshine → Read More

The politics of sociopathic selfishness: How Trump is the embodiment of an Ayn Rand hero

When she was young, author Ayn Rand had a schoolgirl crush on a man who murdered, dismembered and disemboweled 12-year-old Marion Parker, before dumping her body on the street, after promising to return her alive to her parents. That 1927 murder was big news, especially in Los Angeles, where the cri → Read More

Right-wingers finally got their Ayn Rand hero as president — and it's this guy

Conservatives finally have a leader who lives by Ayn Rand's selfish philosophy, and he's an embarrassing clown → Read More

Biden calls out New York Times for spreading Trump's conspiracy theories

The "paper of record" is becoming the paper that treats unhinged right-wing conspiracy theories as real news → Read More

Trump’s clear disdain for democracy becomes an increasing threat as the public turns against him – A

On Wednesday morning, the polls showed nothing but good news for progressives. A new poll from Politico shows that fully half of all Americans surveyed believe not just that Donald Trump should be impeached, but also removed from office. These results follow a Tuesday poll from the Washington Post s → Read More

Most Americans now support impeachment — with democracy collapsing, does it matter?

Public opinion has swung in favor of impeachment. What good is that when the president rejects democracy itself? → Read More

Trolls have taken over our democracy. Silicon Valley helped

Andrew Marantz, in his new book, "Antisocial," explores how techno-utopianism decayed into alt-right madness → Read More

Liz Phair's "Horror Stories" chronicles the real ghosts that haunt us

In her new memoir, the legendary indie rocker shares tales of the shame, fear, and violence of ordinary life → Read More

Elizabeth Warren's critics forgot: Pregnancy lasts for nine months

Warren skeptics say she lied about pregnancy discrimination. The timeline, and human biology, say otherwise → Read More

Cowardly Republicans learn the hard way: Donald Trump was never their friend

"Might makes right" stops being fun when you're the one under the bully's thumb, as Republicans are learning → Read More

Trove of text messages makes it clear: Trump knew his Ukraine extortion was illegal

One of the running bits on HBO's hit series "Succession" is between Tom Wamsgans, an executive at the fictional Waystar Royco corporation at the center of the show, and his lackey Greg Hirsch. Tom compels Greg to join what is clearly a criminal conspiracy. Every time Tom tells Greg to do something i → Read More

Trove of text messages makes it clear: Trump knew his Ukraine extortion was illegal

New dump of diplomatic documents suggest Trump understood he had to cover up Ukraine misdeeds — however poorly → Read More

Impeachment skeptic David Brock on why he flipped: "A clear story of egregious behavior"

Veteran of the Bill Clinton battle believed impeachment was pointless. Now he says, "Democrats should go full-on" → Read More

"Both sides" fever strikes again: Why does New York Times insist on doing favors for Trump?

Oops, they did it again: New York Times nourishes another Trump conspiracy theory that has no basis in fact → Read More

What White House war room? Trump doesn't need one — he's got Fox News

Trump really doesn't need a coordinated anti-impeachment strategy: Rupert Murdoch's network is on the case → Read More

Trump is cornered — and threats of violence are his backstop solution

Donald Trump, frantic that Democrats are finally going to hold an impeachment inquiry that looks seriously at the vast criminal conspiracy in and around the White House, has quickly escalated his rhetoric to thinly veiled threats of violence. Last week, during a private meeting with staffers, Tru → Read More

Cornered Trump turns to implied threats of violence: How worried should we be?

Unable to mount any legitimate defense, Trump drops dark hints of "civil war" to fight impeachment with fear → Read More

Does Donald Trump really believe all those conspiracy theories? Depends what you mean by "believe"

Don't swallow Trump's claims to believe every nutso conspiracy theory. He's playing dumb to get what he wants → Read More