Archive for February, 2017

Trump’s War on the Media

Such ingratitude! Watching The Great Populist inveigh against the enemy of the people, it’s too easy to forget that Trump actually owes his spectacular political success to the very media he now excoriates. A loutish demagogue with no experience in ...

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Shrinks Arguing about Trump (cont’d)

Another reputable psychiatrist, Richard A. Friedman, has joined the fray, taking the side that shrinks should not be opining on Donald Trump’s mental fitness. In an op-ed in the NY Times on-line, Friedman makes a strong case for why his professional colleagues ...

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Shrinks Arguing about Trump

Thirty-five psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers signed a letter to the NY Times yesterday opining that “…the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.” In a letter to today’s ...

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A Note on Political Language: “Reactionary”

Regular readers might have noted that I very seldom use the term ”conservative” to refer to Republicans and others who hold sharply right-of-center political views. That’s because I think the term “conservative” in most cases is misleading. I explained this ...

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Short Takes

Trump and the Court Donald Trump has named a man to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, but that vacancy should not exist–the slot should already have been occupied by President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, who was blocked by ...

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