Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Eve

No one writes a political column on New Year’s Eve. It’s just not done. It can wait – whatever it is. Tomorrow will do. Advertisements

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Catching the Populism Wave

Not that planning is stupid, but most Americans follow the surfing theory of career development. You sit with your high school guidance counsellor and talk about what you want to do with your life, and there may be aptitude and … Continue reading

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Rebels and Apostates

It was one of those brilliant sunny days in Los Angeles – July 1, 2004 – and traffic was at a dead stop on Mulholland Drive. It was all the news vans. Marlon Brando had just died and everyone in … Continue reading

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Noting What Already Happened

Culture wars are tricky. By the time people get really hot and bothered about something or other – long hair and antiwar stuff in the late sixties perhaps – what has upset them is already the norm. Back then, at … Continue reading

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The Political Continuum

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” ~ Niels Bohr “The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.” ~ William Gibson “The future ain’t what it used to be.” ~ Yogi Berra “I have seen the future … Continue reading

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Christmas

The site is going quiet for a few days. Merry Christmas to everyone! Commentary will resume after all the good family stuff has been thoroughly celebrated.

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A Matter of Emphasis

The last column before this site goes dark for Christmas – the lights are elsewhere – should probably be about God and all that. No one wants to be accused of participating in the War on Christmas that Fox News … Continue reading

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