Category Archives: Identity Politics

The Purest Politics

Call it identity politics, or tribal politics, but it’s clear that when it comes time to choose someone to run things, that someone should be one of “us” – because few have the time or energy or patience to consider … Continue reading

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Too Much Noise

Sometimes it is best to just stand down. No one likes waiting but sometimes there’s no alternative. The presidential election is Tuesday and by Sunday evening everything that was going to be said by every candidate and by every party … Continue reading

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Glad-Handing

“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want.” Willy Loman – the salesman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a … Continue reading

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Choosing What and Who We Choose

Politics is a matter of people arguing with each other. You’re supposed to watch and decide who makes the most sense, or who is the wittiest – or who is the nastiest, as some folk like the devastating put-down accompanied … Continue reading

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The Conservative Identity Crisis

Who are these people? Back in the late fifties – the Eisenhower fifties – the question was about the feckless Democrats. Ike had easily defeated the egg-head, the man who thought too much and used big words, Adlai Stevenson, and … Continue reading

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The Identity Politics of Middle Aged White Suburban Conformists

Competitiveness is a fine thing. Late in the game the aging ballplayer with bad knees, who hadn’t played for weeks, comes out of the locker room, where he’d been dressing to go home once again, hobbles to the plate, and … Continue reading

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Being There

The fifties was a time when you really did have to be a real American – and it probably had less to do Joe McCarthy than it had to do with Ozzie and Harriet. The stupefying red scare was remote, … Continue reading

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