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The Misery Index: Unemployment vs. Inflation

The Misery Index: Unemployment vs. Inflation

The party that used to be known as the GOP (now the Trumplicans) has gotten back on the bandwagon of fiscal probity, having fallen off it like the proverbial drunken sailor after its recent and unlamented departure from power.
If Only… We Had Government by Businessmen

If Only… We Had Government by Businessmen

Let’s dispense once and for all with the nonsensical fantasy that if we elected businessmen they would run government like a business – more efficient and cheaper.
Trump Apologists Run Mad; Replacement Theory

Trump Apologists Run Mad; Replacement Theory

An otherwise nice guy friend, who has become a leading apologist for Donald Trump and the Trumplicans, sent me this e-mail:“Democrats turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants because they figure the more foreigners we can bring in, the more they (or their children) will vote Democratic, and the party will grow in size and influence.
The True Believer

The True Believer

The eponymous 1951 political philosophy classic by Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman-turned-philosopher, does more to explain the nature of today’s political polarization than most current analyses.
American Religious Exceptionalism Under Attack

American Religious Exceptionalism Under Attack

Both the Catholic Bishops seeking to deny President Joe Biden Holy Communion because he opposes banning abortions and the leaders of the white conservative wing of the Southern Baptist Convention with a history of denying black Americans their political and social rights have, in fact, attacked American exceptionalism.
We Forgot How to Do Things Right (2) Retrieving Failure in Afghanistan

We Forgot How to Do Things Right (2) Retrieving Failure in Afghanistan

Afghanistan epitomizes how the United States so often fails to learn from its own success.
The Siren Call of Demagogues and Dictators

The Siren Call of Demagogues and Dictators

President Biden’s call for creating an alliance of democracies recognized a scary fact: democracy has lost its appeal to far too many people across the world.
Fixing the Eastern Mediterranean While Fixing the Democratic Deficit

Fixing the Eastern Mediterranean While Fixing the Democratic Deficit

Faced with the toxic combination of scorched earth and minefields left behind by the Trump administration, President Biden must prioritize which foreign affairs crisis he attends to first.
Scorched Earth as Trump Retreats…

Scorched Earth as Trump Retreats…

Trump has probably never read the history of Russia’s “scorched earth tactics” that defeated Napoleon and Hitler but he has embraced them with a vengeance.
The Road Map to Dictatorship

The Road Map to Dictatorship

This current election campaign has taken a darker path well known to students of early 20th century Europe.