Christopher Hooks

Christopher Hooks is a freelance journalist in Austin.

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Texas Politics

The Violence of Trump’s Words

How do we assess blame for the consequences of dehumanizing rhetoric?

From the start, the essence of Donald Trump’s political project has been the dehumanization of others. When he descended the gilded escalator at Trump Tower in June 2015 to kick off his presidential campaign, he famously told a national TV … Read More


Why is Texas’ Leading GOP Think Tank Suddenly All-In on an Anti-Wind Crusade?

The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s latest PR blitz is the kind of thing you’d expect to see from a seedy advocacy group, not a would-be policy braintrust.

If you were a newcomer trying to figure out how Texas politics works, a good start would be to look at the state’s two leading think tanks. The center-left Center for Public Policy Priorities, consigned to an office in North … Read More

Texas Politics

Will Alex Jones Pay for Peddling Far-Right Sandy Hook Conspiracies?

The Austin judge presiding over two defamation cases against the InfoWars founder indicated there’s a solid chance Jones will have to go to trial — again.

Illustration/Sunny Sone Few people in our era would seem to have as unbalanced a karmic checkbook as Alex Jones, the loudest man in Texas. For years, long before “fake news” was a thing, Jones, who started his career as the … Read More

Dinesh D'Souza

I Watched Dinesh D’Souza’s New Movie with the Travis County GOP

D’Souza is lying to his audiences on a vast scale, making them more immune to a shared reality.

Dinesh D’Souza’s first words in his new movie, Death of a Nation: Can We Save America A Second Time?, have the unmistakable ring of accidental truth. “When I was a boy,” he says in voiceover, “I was curious about the … Read More

Texas Legislature

Dan Patrick, the Person, is Trying to Save the World from Dan Patrick, the Politician

When Patrick is presented with collective problems, his response is inevitably to respond in terms of individual action.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced last week that he would personally donate “up to 10” metal detectors to Santa Fe ISD, the school district where eight students and two teachers were killed by a mass shooter in May. As a … Read More

Texas Legislature

In a System that Encourages Corruption, Prison-Bound Senator Carlos Uresti was Inevitable

The state’s part-time Legislature and weak ethics laws allow corruption to flourish. Uresti was just stupid and brazen enough to get caught.

It’s one thing to be useless and honest, and another thing to be useful and crooked, but it’s another thing entirely to be useless and crooked. Useless and crooked: That’s how former state Senator Carlos Uresti ends his more than … Read More

Texas Legislature

The ‘Crazies’ Have Fully Taken Over the Texas GOP

At the state GOP convention, Dan Patrick said his side had “won.” He’s right.

At the Texas Republican Party Convention last week, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick did what so many conquerors ultimately do: He declared peace. The GOP civil war that has done so much to define political life in Texas during the last … Read More

Dan Patrick
Texas Legislature

Dan’s the Man, Now

Dan Patrick and Donald Trump can provide enough favors, and dish out enough pain, to easily secure the loyalty of people who care primarily about money.

Last summer, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was neck deep in a dehumanizing and convoluted political brawl over the ability of transgender people to use the appropriate bathroom. It was the kind of thing that seems to give the former talk … Read More