Republicans like to harp on the role Democrats played down through history in defending slavery, imposing Jim Crow, battling the Civil Rights movement, and lionizing the Confederacy. It’s a complicated parlor trick, a miracle of political gaslighting, since the many of the same people who played those roles in the …
Conservatives who winked at this project to discredit our institutions will deeply regret their complicity.
Conservatives across the globe have embraced the logic of the suicide bomber. They will destroy a nascent new order even if they must burn down their own home, and yours.
Can a democracy organized around the mediating influence of social capital survive the rise of transience? Can this system function when so few of its brightest, most talented and successful people can name a single local politician? Perhaps, but across the world the results so far don’t look promising.
Miles Davis explained that jazz is about the notes you don’t play. Well, an unplayed note hangs over this otherwise methodical, scripted performance.
Abandon the fight for our values on our own block, and the effort we pour into Washington is just pounding sand.
A slow visit to Paris was a fine way to remember time.
Government borrowing is good until it isn’t. It is a valuable, wise investment in our future, until it isn’t. So far we’ve piled up our peacetime national debt to wartime levels with few visible consequences. We’ve begun to foolishly imagine that no consequences will come. Rest assured, deficits don’t matter until one day they do.
Everything you need to know about our present political crisis is in that paragraph.
Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of America’s Presidents while learning lessons about history. Hard lessons. Lessons that will challenge your illusions of safety and leave dark stains on your soul.