Creating Better Working Conditions in America

January 24, 2022

Before the coronavirus pandemic, our capitalist system relied on a generous supply of American workers willing and able to put in full-time hours. But with a declining birth rate, increases in early retirement, millions of women still out of the workforce and the deaths of more than 862,000 people...

The Pentagon’s Latest Glorious Failure

January 20, 2022

For centuries, the idea prevailed in our competitive civilization that when someone fails a fundamental qualifying test, it means they should return to their studies and keep a low profile until they felt ready to prove their capacity to pass the test. Someone who fails a driving test will be...

Amy Wax and the Breakdown of America’s Intellectual Culture

January 12, 2022

Since October 2017, we have featured The Daily Devil’s Dictionary that appeared five times a week. In 2022, it will appear on a weekly basis on Wednesdays. We will shortly be announcing a new collaborative feature that extends our approach to deconstructing the language of the...

Justice in the US Is an Art Form

January 06, 2022

On any given day, US media will offer an abundance of reports on the sometimes strange workings of its justice system. This first week of January has proved to be rich in examples, with the high-profile cases of Ghislaine Maxwell and Elizabeth Holmes complemented by a host of stories about smaller...

America Is on the Edge of a Critical Precipice

January 04, 2022

As we enter a new year, there is every warning you can think of that the Biden presidency, its promise and its transformational potential will come to a crashing end in 2022. When circumstance, willful ignorance and an utter disdain for governmental achievement and good governance conspire...

US Politics: The Anger Games

December 15, 2021

Maggie Astor at The New York Times devotes an article to the egregious lies US politicians share with their constituents, not through social media, but through massive email campaigns. They escape notice in the public debate about fake news because they are private communications. But they achieve...

The New York Times Manages the Unknown

December 06, 2021

The New York Times regularly calls on Julian E. Barnes, occasionally assisted by other of his colleagues, to produce articles on the five-year-old non-story known as the Havana syndrome. Although this ingrained habit produces essentially the same article every time, The Times’ editorial team...

Beyond Latin America’s Lost Decade

December 03, 2021

After the pink tide of progressive politics came a brown tidal wave of reaction. The last few years of governance in Latin America have reeked of corruption, repression, and environmental degradation. They will go down in history as the “Sewage Decade,” thanks to Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Ivan...

The Pentagon’s Love of Threats

December 02, 2021

Last week, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in conjunction with the US director of national intelligence, ordered a new investigatory body to be established in the Defense Department's (DoD) intelligence and security office. It will be dedicated to elucidating the phenomenon known as...

Giving Thanks to Indigenous People

November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving provides us once again with an opportunity to introspect and appreciate our blessings. But for many Native Americans, the day is a reminder of all the slaughter, destruction and loss of lands inflicted on them by outsiders, starting with the pilgrims arriving in Massachusetts some 400...

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