Category Archives: Republican Civil War

No Other Choice

People only do what they have to do, which they really don’t want to do, when they have no other choice – as with that tedious college term paper long ago, or every college term paper long ago, and as … Continue reading

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The New Republican Hippie

The Peace and Love Sixties changed America forever – people woke up – it was a revolution. Sure, and you’ll be thin and young again, and win the lottery. Pop music changed, as did any number of social norms, particularly … Continue reading

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Frayed Alliances

Like long nineteenth-century Russian novels, and Kant and Nietzsche and Heidegger, and all of Proust, and Moby Dick, some things are better read about than read. Let someone else do the work and explain the general idea. They say the … Continue reading

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When Binary Systems Go Bad

Americans watch with vague interest as other countries hold their elections and try to decide who should next be in charge, a bit puzzled by parliamentary systems with more than two political parties. The trick there is to assemble a … Continue reading

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Experience as a Teacher

If Kierkegaard was right, life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards, so we all have a problem. Experience is a great teacher, of lessons that probably won’t apply in the future. Oscar Wilde was a … Continue reading

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Hope Dies

As usual, the high-powered Wall Street attorney called in late afternoon – early evening back there. Everyone should have a good friend who knows all there is to know about Wall Street and the arcane ins-and-outs of securities law too, … Continue reading

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Two Failed Coups

What follows below is provisional. Circumstances may change. They usually do, but something is up. Things are being settled. Commitments are being made. Except things aren’t quite settled and the commitments seem to be provisional – but then that describes … Continue reading

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