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This week sees the premiere of the HBO documentary Going Clear, inspired by Lawrence Wright’s immensely thorough and disquieting Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. The 2013 book has its origins in a New Yorker profile Wright wrote in 2011 about Oscar-winning filmmaker and Scientology apostate Paul Haggis. Wright’s investigation into the Church of Scientology’s origins, evolution, and alarming tactics for strong-arming the feds and quieting its dissenters is an overdue and much-needed reckoning.

You can purchase the book here.

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

The coronavirus pandemic has changed much about American politics and society—but not everything. One constant is that Republicans believe a lot of stupid things about how to run a country. Correction: Who knows what they actually believe. Is it better if they're lying rather than deluded? Either way, Republicans definitely say a lot of stupid things.

One of their longest-standing vapidities is the hoary, cockeyed notion that government should be run like a business. Trump has said this, as has his supremely unqualified son-in-law Jared Kushner, and so did Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential run, just to name a few.

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