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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The Israeli Elections and 2020

As a practical matter, there was little chance that the Israeli election outcome would have any impact on the prospects for a peace settlement in Israel/Palestine. Benjamin Netanyahu will be returned to office after a campaign in which he proclaimed ...

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More on Bernie, etc.

Just a quickie today, to pass on this fine piece by Eric Alterman, following up on my recent post on Bernie Sanders. The main thrust of it is that Bernie is too vulnerable to GOP smear attacks and therefore too ...

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Barr. vs. Mueller

It’s a pretty safe assumption that Robert Mueller wrote an executive summary for his report. It’s also pretty safe to assume that such a summary would not contain classified information. So, why did William Barr write his own summary of ...

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