Columnist George Will writes in his Friday column that being a rape victim at college is a "coveted status." Discussing crime on colleges, Will writes that "when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate," and then one sentence later writes, "Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. 'sexual assault.'" Jessica Valenti responds, "Ah, yes, the perks of being a rape victim! ... It takes a particular kind of ignorance to argue that people who come forward to report being raped in college are afforded benefits of any kind."
There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it's a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction of the remnants of the last generation's middle class.
Despite what you might read in the Wall Street Journal or see on Fox News, capitalism is not an economic system that produces a middle class. In fact, if left to its own devices, capitalism tends towards vast levels of inequality and monopoly. The natural and most stable state of capitalism actually looks a lot like the Victorian England depicted in Charles Dickens' novels. read more
Iowa state senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst captured national attention when her campaign's first TV ad featured the candidate talking about castrating hogs (a subsequent ad featured Ernst at a gun range, implying that she'd shoot Obamacare to bits). But if the Sarah Palin-approved Republican wants to enter national politics, she may need to brush up on some of her facts. Ernst still thinks Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction when the US invaded Iraq, despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. read more