Category Politics

Is There Nothing We Can Do

Read this story because it’s what I’m responding to. Is there nothing we can do? Nothing? The liberals are in power, and it’s no different than if the conservatives were in power.  This doesn’t even count as pretending to care about the good of the people, justice, or the rule of law.  This doesn’t even count as […]

Should Political Art Be Entertaining?

This will be rambly: So tonight are the first of two performances of the Election Day Plays 2012 that I’ve been organizing, and I’ve been thinking a little about the nature of political art, particularly political theatre. I think when most people hear “political theatre” they think “OH GOD NO.”  They presume what they see will be […]

Vote By Your State: The Ideal Election

I use the word “ideal” advisedly.  By “ideal” I do not mean the election that chooses my preferred candidate; I mean the election that leads to the most voter satisfaction for you, no matter what your political leanings are,and the most expanded future for the nation.  I’ll explain. As I’ve said, I think it’s a […]

Why Isn’t This Election A Four-Way Race?

Why isn’t this a four-way race for President? That’s a rhetorical question, largely.  We all know the answer(s).  This is a two-party race because we are in a two-party system.  You can get into the science of why we are in a two-party system if you like, but, culturally, we remain in a two-party system because we operate under […]

“If You Allow Gay Marriage, Incest Will Be Next!”

Too often, I have seen people make this kind of argument against gay marriage: “Next thing you know they’ll be legalizing incest.” or “You want gay people to be married?  What’s next, people marrying their dogs?” I just this morning read another example.  (If you don’t want to read it, it argues that the overturning of anti-sodomy […]

Allegory of the Condition of the World as a Cloud-Ringed Mountain

The people of the world reside on a mountain which rises to a great height and which is ringed by dirty thunderclouds.  The clouds pour all manner of filth, degradation and hopelessness on the masses below; they are rained on with oppressions and prejudices that soak them from head to feet, resulting in stunted emotions, stunted health and stunted […]

No, You Don’t Actually Like Being “Challenged”

In theatre (and other arts), people often talk about wanting to “challenge” audiences. This doesn’t mean what we think it means.  “Challenging” can be dictionaried as “stimulating, interesting, thought-provoking” but that’s not how it’s used in the arts; when artists talk about “challenging” the audience, what they mean is “provoking them to accept points of view […]