Monthly Archives: February 2008

Certainty as Involuntary Response and Complexity as Pompous Thoughtlessness

In the current political climate someone had to say it – we all seem convinced we’re right about politics, religion or science these days. Of course we are, we’re certain – and everyone disagrees. Perhaps it has always been so, … Continue reading

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Sometimes Hope Seems Pointless

CNN covers the basics – the economy may be deteriorating, and most people feeling both panicked and helplessly depressed, but in the race for the White House, or whatever you want to call it, the two frontrunners, McCain and Obama, … Continue reading

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Dealing With the New World

Okay, it’s not 1968, and that was one strange year. Four years ago, David Aaronovitch, in the Observer (UK), was saying that year was 1968: The year ended, not with an anti-war Democrat, but with Richard Nixon in the White … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Competition and Cooperation, Elections, Hardball Politics, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Political Posturing, Political Theory | 1 Comment

Almost Major League

It seems the twentieth Democratic primary debate was testy, and it was in Cleveland. That’s a dismal place, and the proper setting for a great baseball movie – you know, the one about the triumph of a merry band of … Continue reading

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On Making Accusations Go Away

It’s all in the response – “The silly when deceived exclaim loudly; the fool complains; the honest man walks away and is silent.” [Le bruit est pour le fat, la plainte pour le sot; L’honnete homme trompe s’eloigne et ne … Continue reading

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Finland, Iceland, and Denmark, and No War

As issues go, healthcare in the United States is one of the hottest issues. What seems to have made it even hotter was a sort of straw that broke the camel’s back event out here in Los Angeles – a … Continue reading

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American Marxism

“California is a place in which a boom mentality and a sense of Chekhovian loss meet in uneasy suspension; in which the mind is troubled by some buried but ineradicable suspicion that things had better work here, because here, beneath … Continue reading

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