When a Wall Is an Emergency

February 18, 2019

Who doesn’t play the politics of illusion? It appears to be the only game in town. Some people today remember that, not so long ago, the power game we call politics still employed the two basic toolboxes Aristotle bequeathed to Western civilization in ancient times: rhetoric and reasoning. The...

The Psychology of the Wall

February 15, 2019

Walls are cropping up all over the world. But as with guns, the sense of safety and security that comes from a wall is almost entirely illusory. Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else. It...

Will Trump Rule by Decree?

January 11, 2019

It’s a small leap from a “state of emergency” at the border to martial law throughout the country. The Republican Party, since its takeover by Reaganauts in the 1980s, has long favored shrinking the federal government to the point at which it can be “drowned in the bathtub,” to use...