Query to Readers

Google Analytics supplies me with statistics on the readership of this website—total readers, location by country and city, time spent on the site, etc. I’ve been happy to note a very substantial increase in readership this past month, which I ...

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The Latest from our Sociopath in Chief

If you have any doubt that the President-Elect of the United States is a genuine sociopath, you should check out Kevin Drum’s fine exposition and dissection of Donald Trump’s latest Twitter frenzy.  After showing how Trump had evidently spent his ...

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So, How did this happen? (II)

It is widely agreed that Trump’s electoral college victory drew critically on a revolt of the white working class (generally defined as whites lacking a college education), especially in rural America. Working class whites evidently have come to the conclusion ...

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Glitch Fixed

Thanks to the readers who alerted me to the glitch in the link in my last post.  It’s fixed.

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A Nightmare Scenario

Just a quick post today, to pass on an important reading recommendation. Vox’s Matt Yglesias has sketched out a grim view of the prospects for Trump‘s America, focusing not so much on policy as on the threats that a Trump ...

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So, how did this happen?

How did Donald Trump get elected president of the United States?   The simplest obvious answer to that question is: the electoral college. It needs to be emphasized over and over again that Trump didn’t win even a plurality of the ...

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Can anything good come of this?

In my last post I promised to look for silver linings in this catastrophic election. I’ll try to make good on that promise, but I do want to emphasize that I am grasping at straws (and, I guess, mixing metaphors). ...

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Unbelievable

It is hard to believe. The White House will soon be home to a hatemongering, chronically mendacious caricature of a textbook narcissist, a con man who is totally unfit for the presidency.  I’m glad that I don’t have any small ...

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Short Takes

Chomsky on the Election Noam Chomsky, the illustrious subject of my book, is surely the best-known personage on what remains of the radical left in the United States.  Unsurprisingly, Chomsky supported Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Perhaps less ...

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The Final Debate

I haven’t been very good at picking the winners of these debates. Right after the first debate, before hearing any commentary, I thought it was roughly a draw—not in terms of the objective merits of the two candidates’ pronouncements, but ...

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