American Kakistocracy: Day 728

Congressional Republicans increasingly blame Trump for a potentially deadly government shutdown, but is it enough for them to oppose him? More importantly, will they be able to send some relief to Walmart?

Liberal NYC ♡s Amazon

A few months back I was in a professional class setting and I was asked about my views on Amazon. On one hand, I wanted to be critical of the deal in much in the same way I’ve been historically critical of major city mayors subsidizing sports stadiums for billionaires. But the more pragmatic hand (the side of the brain that remembers this December Quinnipiac poll showing New Yorkers approval of the Amazon move to Long Island City at 60 percent compared to just 26 percent disapproval from local community activists), I didn’t think this was a good hill to die on.

The “Long Realignment” Continues….Part One

It was a #BlueWave … no it was a #BlueRipple … it was a #RainbowWave …. it was a #CamouflageWave … it was none of those things, and all of those things. In the sense that it was none of those things, the 2018 Midterms represented what has traditionally happened in midterms, especially the first…

The Democratic Party – An Identity Crisis

An exchange I had on January 19th, 2017 in front of the Trump building where tens of thousands of New Yorkers gathered on the last night of the Obama Presidency and before the Trump Presidency began. Me: No, no I’m not interested in the third party option, for a variety of reasons there are too…

Episode 47: We’re Back for a Third Party!

The Agreeing Loudly podcast is back from coast-to-coast with a brand new season. Join Jered, Troy, Bill and Pat as they welcome special guest Carson Starkey all the way from the critically acclaimed Margin of Error podcast to discuss whether or not it’s time for a serious third party movement in the United States. Stream…

All Hands on Deck at The People’s Summit

The 2017 People’s Summit was a meeting of committed grassroots organizers and activists, leaders and followers in Chicago, IL. The land of Lincoln and home to the birth place of the last successful third party movement that went on to replace on of the major political parties in our binary system.

Safe For Work Links To Kill Time At Work

Happy Friday! Where to start, where to start? How about a Political Parrots teaser? While there are questions about what President Trump’s transition team knew and when – now we know what Vice President Pence is busy working on. By the way “transition team” is code for Vice President Mike Pence. Bloomberg Speaking of Pence…Did Sixpence…

Conversations from the Ghost of America’s Future Past

It’s nine o’clock on a Wednesday night, #HipsterJesus walks into a Brooklyn coffee shop that also serves alcohol at night (because of course they do) and in the corner the camera pans to Carson Starkey and Troy Olson. Carson is nursing a bourbon, and Troy, who had not drank alcohol in eight months, is drinking a Brooklyn…

The Margin of Error – Episode 20 “1! 2! Ah-1, 2, 3, 4!” with Troy Olson

The first of what hopefully are many weekly (bi-monthly) updates promoting the latest episode of the excellent podcast The Margin of Error co-hosted by Allan Branstiter and Carson Starkey. In the future this website will be shamelessly, unapologetically, and proudly posting and promoting each episode, along with Bruce Springsteen music, and Jimmy Buffett retirement communities….

Waiting for Galt

Who Is John Galt? by Carson Starkey Americans are living through a unique time of political paradox. Elected officials and ideological enthusiasts possess the capacity to blanket media outlets with an endless variety of messages. They can hoist the banners for the War on Christmas, announce the urgent need for English-only or flag burning constitutional…