Mahatma Ghandi, on Change

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




Theater of the Absurd

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1/19/18 If you’re looking for a dose of the truly absurd, you don’t have to go to off-Broadway. Visit Washington, D. C. That the United States, to avoid a government shutdown, must routinely stage this stupid, dispiriting, embarrassing drama is nothing less than mind-boggling. It’s happening so often now, we’ve become inured to it, to the havoc it wreaks: the… Read more »

Ray Moore’s Woebegone Days of Slavery, What His Defeat Really Means, Who the Real Hero Was, and Republicans’ Genuine Gift to Democrats

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    12/13/17 Note #1 to Democrats: for Ray Moore’s defeat in Alabama’s special election yesterday, be thankful not merely for the larger-than-expected Democratic turnout, be thankful to tens of thousands of Republicans. And to one in particular. I don’t know how many Republicans crossed over for the Democrat, or stayed home. But the number… Read more »


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One of the silliest international incidents of 2017…Yeah, so I’m happy the Bruin ballers are back, for their sake and their families, but at what cost to the rest of us? Anyone who thinks this is free does not understand the nature of dealing with the Chinese at this level. So … President Deal-Maker Extraordinaire… Read more »

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 »