Contentious Democrats

There’s been lots of media coverage lately of the sparring between Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  The latest exchanges between the two began when AOC and her three newly-elected comrades on the left—Ilan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib–voted against ...

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The Democrats “Debate”

I put “debate” in scare quotes because what we saw this past week of course weren’t debates in any meaningful sense but forums–opportunities for the many Democratic presidential hopefuls to gain free public exposure.  This is a generally very talented ...

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War with Iran?

One of Donald Trump’s very few merits (maybe his only merit?) is an instinctive aversion to major US military intervention abroad. That aversion of course didn’t prevent him from appointing the country’s premier warmonger as his national security adviser, nor ...

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Impeachment: A Further Thought

In commenting on another website, it occurred to me that my last post on this topic may have overstressed the role of public opinion as an independent variable to which politicians must respond, without noting that politicians can also shape ...

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Democrats and Socialists

The idea of socialism is undergoing something of a revival in the United States today.  In a Galllup poll last year, 57% of Democrats reported that they had a favorable view of socialism, compared to just 47% with a favorable ...

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Impeachment and Max Weber

With the controversy heating up over whether to impeach Donald Trump, I decided to search my bookshelves for my volume of essays by the great German sociologist Max Weber. A century ago, Weber formulated a classic statement of the tension ...

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The Spectre of ’72

We continue to hear a lot of concern that the Democrats could blow their chance for defeating Trump in 2020 by veering too far to the left.  I’ve already expressed my belief that such concerns are overblown, that a fairly ...

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Of Course Barr Lied

Even after two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, people who should know better still have trouble calling respected public figures “liar.” So, even the very insightful Benjamin Wittes, in an otherwise fine analysis that excoriates William Barr for multiple deceptions, thinks ...

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The Problem of the Electoral College

One outcome of the 2016 election has been renewed interest in reforming the way we elect the President of the US.  It is now fairly commonplace for progressives to call for abolition of the electoral college (EC) so as to ...

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Mulling over Mueller

I am reluctant to try to add to the mountains of good commentary on the Mueller report that you can find in the various media.  For an excellent short take, I would point you, as I often do, to Mother ...

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