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If We Can Somehow Bring Ourselves To Take the Long View, We Probably Should….

Revised from a recent comment of mine on this Crooked Timber thread: A sort of Marxist point about our present distempers: the conditions of existence have changed, probably irrevocably, for the Scots-Irish coal miners of West Virginia, the libertarian ranchers of the West, and the industrial workers of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and they’re not happy about […]

From 2008: A House Divided

This was written at the invitation of the founder of a Web site which unfortunately never saw the light of day. Waste not, want not, right?   A House Divided: Can Independent Thinking Flourish in the No-man’s Land of the American Culture Wars? When I was asked recently if I thought that our increasingly vicious culture wars […]

The (Demented) Logic of the Democratic National Committee

Social democracy can’t even defend itself, let alone us. Therefore we should vote for Hillary Clinton.

And Now, For Something Completely Different:

Brad DeLong at his finest. Proof positive that the talent’s out there:

La Faccia Ben Infarinata

I took my completed mail-in ballot to the drop-off bin this morning. So stop robo-calling me already.

The First Debate

President Obama: Trapped in his own ever-so-judiciously-created paradoxes. Mitt Romney: Lie, cheat, steal, and grin: it’s all he knows. The American People: Once again, getting what we deserve. Jesus: Wept.

The Ship of State, The Ship of Fools

If the U.S. government had been built as a galley, the Democrats on the port side would now be trying to row, those on the starboard side would be leaning on their oars. The Republicans would be drilling holes in the bottom of the hull. There’d be no one at the tiller.

The State of Our Democracy

Patrick Gaspard, Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, sent me an e-mail message yesterday. In order to close the gap with the Republicans, he says, the Democratic National Committee needs to raise another 35 million dollars this month. I can help the cause at all levels across the country by donating $3.00 (or more, of […]

Okay. One More and Then We’re Done (I Hope)

Santorum: Any country which can name a nuclear attack submarine the Corpus Christi can probably reconcile itself to the Sanctum Santorum. Non-Catholics, as always, will shake their heads in disbelief, but who cares about them?

Yet Another Republican Alternative

Gingrich: Dorian Gray.