Mahatma Ghandi, on Change

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”




All for One and One for All (not)

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The US now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Nicaragua and Syria against the rest of the world, thanks to the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Brings to mind that old saw about the company you keep… Truly it’s hard to fathom: Trump couldn’t find a way to abide a deal acceptable to our… Read more »

Me to 45: Your Hickory Schtick Makes Me Sick

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The 100-day milestone for a new president has always struck me as silly. Yet I find today I’ve reached my own milestone. I set out disheartened but determined to be fair, to judge on the merits. On this the 104th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, I find I’m sick to my stomach. This after being variously encouraged,… Read more »

A Train in the Distance

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“Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance. Everybody thinks it’s true.” Paul Simon wrote some righteous lyrics. Somehow this song of Simon’s, evoking the sadness of failed romance, comes to mind today on the eve of the new U. S. president’s inauguration. America’s 45th. Twice I voted for the 44th. Back in… Read more »

Brave New World

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“…politics is just the latest industry to be transformed by the Internet…,” says Ben Thompson on his blog stratechery.com which is not about politics. It concerns the evolution and influence of technology. Thompson writes, “…more than two billion people own smartphones, the entire post-World War II economic order is teetering, and populism is on the march; I… Read more »

The Exceptional Irony in American Politics

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What is it that absolutely separates humans and other animals? Answer: we cook our food. Of course there are other differences. There is evidence humans think bigger thoughts, a function of our measurably larger brains and nominally more nuanced world views… though if you happen to catch a presidential campaign debate, this may not be… Read more »

Enough Already: Trash the Electoral College

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The Electoral College serves no useful purpose and that’s not even the half of it. Here at home it undermines democracy — I try to support that claim below — and around the world it certainly puts a lie to our big talk. We trumpet “one man, one vote” like we invented the idea, but… Read more »