Tired? Discouraged? Convinced that the assholes are going to prevail in all things?
Yeah, me too. Fortunately, the Internet has the power to drive us both crazy and sane.
Start here, with this clip from MSNBC’s “Up w/Chris Hayes,” featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates discussing that essay I was telling you about, along with Melissa Harris-Perry, W. Kamau Bell, and the incomparable Jay Smooth. It’s like talking-heads TV from some better, smarter planet.
Then listen to this audio clip of (now-) President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, back in 2010, reducing some Tea Party radio hack to flinders on the guy’s own show. I’m reminded of the story told by the late, great Irish fanzine writer Walter A. Willis, about “a speech by an Irish MP in the late 19th Century. He was making an impassioned attack on Irish absentee landlords when someone shouted ‘Treason!’ Quick as a flash he retorted: ‘What is treason in England is reason in Ireland, because of the absentee.’” Moral: Really and truly, right-wing radio dudes, do not get into fights with Irish politicians.