My 2018

By |January 3rd, 2019|

For my memory only:
As we leave 2018 behind, I’d like to recollect some of the highlights. In most respects it rates as a terrible year: Donald Trump’s stupidity, egocentricity and meanspiritedness was a daily downer, and there were frequent reminders that our planet is heading toward an ecological upheaval that will make almost everyone’s life […]

The Awfulness of Donald Trump

By |September 12th, 2018|

It is impossible to overstate how horrible Donald Trump is as a man or as a president. I can’t think of a single thing he has said or done that I agree with, which is a pretty amazing record. The only silver lining is that he will be out of office eventually, although not for […]

History in the Making

By |September 12th, 2018|

For years, as we moved relatively steadily through “the American Century,” I thought of history as something we studied in school. Now I am older, with a longer perspective, and the American Century is itself history. There are individual events I lived through that will merit mention in future history books: the Cold War, the […]

The Hillary Problem

By |November 16th, 2016|

The complement to the votes for Trump were the votes against Hillary, and certainly among people we know the latter far outnumbered the former. It’s hard to understand the vitriol she inspired, but it was clearly fomented by Fox News and other right-wing commentators and legislators. The three strikes against her were 1) her use […]

The Trump Election

By |November 13th, 2016|

The Media v. Trump

By |June 15th, 2016|

The media has been blamed, fairly or not, for facilitating Donald Trump’s rise by providing so much free and unduly uncritical publicity during the primary season. He didn’t need to raise money or buy ads, the analysis goes, because he was constantly in the news. I’m not sure this was really the media’s “fault,” because […]

Man’s Inhumanity

By |September 4th, 2015|

The Republican Problem

By |August 6th, 2015|

Daily Downer

By |July 31st, 2015|

New York v. Uber

By |July 24th, 2015|

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