Tag Archives: Republican Blackmail

America’s Friday Night

Not everyone has a name and a reputation, so there’s an art to naming restaurants something other than Joe’s Place. Not everyone is Michael Jordan or Bobby Flay, so the issue is finding something impersonal that will still draw a … Continue reading

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Proposing the Alternative to Constitutional Democracy

When the president takes that oath of office, when members of Congress take their oaths of office, they swear to defend the Constitution. The oath isn’t about any particular public policy position – treating the poor or unlucky a certain … Continue reading

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Prigs and Bullies

Much to the disappointment of many college students stuck in that inevitable required English Literature course, Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh isn’t a porn novel – it’s just another bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows the protagonist as … Continue reading

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Fake Money

No one likes fake money, in fact, Jonathan Swift, as a sort of warm-up to Gulliver’s Travels and the rest of the satires, made his reputation making fun of the whole idea – the Brits weren’t going to fix Ireland’s … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Awful Monday

Everybody hates Mondays, but now and then one of them turns out to be not that bad. Monday, September 26 – after one of the most dismal weeks in the history of the stock market, the Dow rises slowly during … Continue reading

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