Category Archives: Obama and Empathy

Assigning Blame for the Needless Upcoming Disaster

August 4, 1792 – the birth of Percy Bysshe Shelley, the most irritatingly sensitive of those weepy Romantic poets – and August 4, 1901 – the birth of Louis Armstrong, and thus the birth of Americans jazz (if you can … Continue reading

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Considering Life without a Scary Daddy

Some things are often said, and are generally true, so sooner or later people stop saying them. What’s the point? In American politics the Republicans are forever saying the Democrats are weak on defense, and generally just weak, and you get … Continue reading

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The Obama Memo

Didn’t you get the memo? That’s the ultimate putdown in the business world – you’re a fool who has no clue about what’s really been going on, and things have changed dramatically, so you’ve been marginalized and will obviously be … Continue reading

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The Problem with Empathy

The book sits up there on the right, looking down on the desk here – The Triumph of Meanness: America’s War Against Its Better Self – Nicolaus Mills, 1997, Houghton Mifflin. It’s not that good, although it has a good … Continue reading

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