CORNEL WEST—This presidency, he writes, “opened a market” for a new wave of black pundits, intellectuals, writers and journalists — one that Coates himself has benefited from. And his own literary “dreams” of success were facilitated by a black neoliberal president who ruled for eight years — an example of “Black respectability, good Negro government.”
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BRUCE DIXON—Rush’s COPE Act would have done away with that, nullifying all county and municipal cable licensing, franchise and regulation agreements, and replacing them with a federal licensing body inaccessible to citizens but easy for the cable companies to influence and control. That heinous legislation passed the House of Representatives with the support of two thirds of the Congressional Black Caucus. Fortunately it died in the US Senate.
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THOMAS HON WING POLIN—Essentially, Trump said: We’re Dictator-in-Perpetuity on planet Earth, and everyone else must adopt our rules and values. Those who don’t — notably China and Russia –are revisionists working against us. We’ll deal with them. Ultimately, might makes right.
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DAVID WALSH—Damon’s comments were mild, and, in fact, in the course of them, he endorsed the disgraceful and cowardly erasure of actor Kevin Spacey, one of the first victims of the recent sexual scandals, from Ridley Scott’s new film All the Money in the World. The actor called Spacey’s removal from the completed work, which involved replacing the latter with Christopher Plummer and refilming 22 scenes, “smart” and “a total business decision by Ridley.
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NICK BEAMS—It is by no means clear what the effect of the eventual collapse of the bitcoin bubble will be. But, as one questioner reminded outgoing Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen at her final press conference last week, her predecessor Ben Bernanke claimed in 2007 that the sub-prime bubble only amounted to $50 billion and so would not impact on the broader financial system.