Epstein is not merely a pedophile or a pimp, but a dangerous political pioneer. Until we find the will and the methods to counter the new machine, the rest of our political engagement will be wasted. We are approaching the Dunkirk of liberal democracy.
Nationalism worked because it let us build a far bigger mental picture of “us” than we’d ever before envisioned. It is failing now because it can’t keep pace with the power of newer social innovations, like the corporation, capable of even greater scale and reach.
Say what you will about the Heaven’s Gate cult members, but at least they were only interested in their own suicide. The evangelical death cult in its modern form is serving up their poison for everyone.
Part of the problem is our ignorance. Almost everything Americans know about the Nazis is based on events in 1945, not 1933. We don’t understand where Hitler, the Nazis, and their concentration camps come from, so we can’t see parallels playing out right before our eyes.
Labor unions, like political parties, are tools. Using the wrong tool makes jobs slower, and reduces odds of success. Workers are rejecting labor unions in their present form because they are the wrong tool. Instead of simply shouting at them louder, we should perhaps listen.
A political orphan’s guide to current events.
One more time, Trump has manufactured a crisis then secured victory by arbitrarily declaring that crisis over. This Great Wall of Bullshit approach to international relations has been remarkably successful so far, at least politically.
Look closely at our dilemma, and you see not decline, but leadership. We are being buffeted by the first waves of a storm spreading around the world. We’re not worst, but merely first.
There’s really only one political issue that matters right now. Our most pressing national security issue is our President’s hidden financial relationships. How much money is our President earning from our enemies? How many other Republicans are implicated in his financial compromises? Until we have the answers to these questions, …
Republicans are the about to be the dog that caught the car.