Tag 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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Christmas Wrapping

It is the end of a miserable year, but it is mercifully drawing to a close, and there’s a way to talk about such things out here in Hollywood. It’s a wrap! Strike the Washington set! But of course that’s … Continue reading

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The Dawn of Mad Men

Frederick Lewis Allen wrote Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the Nineteen Twenties in 1931, so, for him, that was pretty much only yesterday, and it’s still a pretty good read, probably because we’re living a bit of the twenties … 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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Out of the Shadows

America gets a three-month break. The Republicans caved – the government shutdown ended and we didn’t go into default. What we are left with is the Republican dual disagreement, on tactics and on the usefulness of experience – the dispute … Continue reading

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