“All I Want Is For My Vote to Count”

November 05, 2020

Citizens of the United States of America have finished exercising their right to vote in what is likely to be an election with the highest turnout in more than 100 years. Taking advantage of in-person early voting and by mail, nearly 100 million Americans had cast their ballots...

The Future Doesn’t Look Good

August 13, 2020

Let me be blunt. This wasn’t the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can’t claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I’m 76...

Joe Biden as the New Messiah

June 04, 2020

In the guise of political reporting, Newsweek has produced a quasi-evangelical account of the new Democratic messiah, a man named Joseph, descended from the tribe of the Bidens. The author, Steve Friess, narrates the story of a man with an inspired vocation. The story begins as the...

Living in a World Where Everyone Is Invited to Feel the Impact

January 09, 2020

The year 2020 has started in the West as the year of maximum suspense. The various dramas of 2019 had built to a crescendo that seemed unrivaled in the sheer number of open questions with no obvious answer history had thrown into the arena. Everyone was aware of the conflicts and debates that...

What Americans Need in 2020

December 10, 2019

Watching the exposure of the ugly underbelly of the American “dream” on full display in the impeachment hearings has been reaffirming for those of us in the body politic who have long thought that self-delusion, rather than freedom and democracy, is the currency of the land. Meanwhile,...

The Donald Trump Show

November 26, 2019

French King Louis XV reputedly said, “Après moi, le déluge.” (“After me, the flood.”) Whether that line was really his or not remains unclear, but not long after his death did come the French Revolution. We should be so lucky! Our all-American version of Louis XV, Donald I, is...

The Party’s Over, But the Democrats Are Dying for a Last Drink

August 16, 2019

Business Insider attempts to make sense of the deep divide within the Democratic Party in the US that leaves those who identify as Democrats in a major metaphysical quandary, wondering not just about their identity but whether they have a claim to exist. In so doing, it demonstrates a problem...

The World This Week: Make America White Again

August 13, 2017

Clashes in Charlottesville are as much about class and urban gentrification as about masculinity and supremacist ideology in an increasingly unequal society. For those who like rollercoaster rides and do not live under a rock, reading world news must be jolly good fun. This week, North Korean...

Trump’s Mulligan in Afghanistan

August 10, 2017

Trump applies the rules of his golf game to foreign policy. Donald Trump loves to play golf. So far, he has teed off twice as many times as Barack Obama had at the same point in his term. Indeed, Trump has spent as much as 20% of his presidency at various golf clubs. This despite the...

Trump is the Tinkerbell of Tyranny

July 31, 2017

Like Mikhail Gorbachev, Trump helms a fading empire. But while the former Soviet leader supported democratization in his wake, Trump is sowing the seeds of autocracy all over the globe. Back in the late 1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev had a magic touch internationally. Traveling outside the Soviet...

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