A new post at Forbes explores reasons for the apparent reluctance to settle on a definition and some of the roots of the concept of race in an American context. It also proposes a definition.
Though many aspects of this emerging environment seem disturbing or disheartening, life for human beings is improving on nearly every measurable axis. Humans are freer, wealthier, healthier and happier than at any point in our evolution. It may not seem like it, but the world is getting better.
Failing to fill hundreds of leadership positions in the executive branch has a crippling effect on government likely to extend far beyond this administration. Is that damage preferable to the havoc Trump might unleash if he had the attention span to get this task done? Historians may be debating this question for decades.
If the Idiocrats in the Trump administration wanted to dent the marijuana business, it would take a carefully planned campaign, coordinated with sympathetic state level officials and executed with great care and discretion. That’s not how these people operate.
We cannot return to stability until the Republican Party has been thoroughly destroyed, hopefully through electoral failure, but by any means necessary.
It may not seem like it now, but 2017 was a year rich in heroes.
It was a time for looking back, reflected in the presence of three historical counterfactuals in the reading list.
Here’s a playlist that seems to sum up our year, starting and ending with Leonard Cohen.
Sometimes you’re just too angry to produce thoughtful insights. It’s not something I’ve experienced prior to the Trump era and I’m finding the experience very unsettling. Robbed of the ability to write sober material, it seems like a series of listicles might be a good pressure valve.
This year’s first post on Political Orphans described seven prominent, but under-appreciated figures who seemed poised for a breakout year. Here’s a look at what each of them accomplished in 2017.