Monthly Archives: June 2014

Corporate Religion Triumphant

It’s all Bill Clinton’s fault, but many things are. There was the 1999 Financial Services Modernization Act that Clinton signed into law, which rid us of that Glass-Steagall thing from the thirties that kept investment and commercial banking separate. The … Continue reading

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The Possibility of Pitchforks

There was a time of massive income inequality in America when no one was mad at the rich, because they kept to themselves, or else they were the nation’s entertainment. The Gilded Age – roughly 1890 through the First World … Continue reading

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The Perils of Passion

The sixties really did screw up the culture, as intended by those who were fed up with state-sanctioned segregation and all that went with it, and then fed up with that pointless and fundamentally immoral war in Vietnam, and fed … Continue reading

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Late June Decisions

No one can have a satisfying summer vacation if there’s unfinished business to think about. Unresolved issues generate too much background noise. Vague worries – and the thought that something will go terribly wrong when the dreary world starts up … Continue reading

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American Splinters

We’re different, or exceptional as we like to tell everyone else in the world, even if they roll their eyes or seethe in resentment – and one part of our American Exceptionalism, other than being exempt from all the rules … Continue reading

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Asking Questions of the Perpetually Uninformed

Anyone who’s spent far too many years kicking around Paris each December, and who has now and then played piano in a few dark urban bars, noodling away at the old standards in the background, has a soft spot for … Continue reading

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No Last Man

It’s a fine thing to be young and idealistic and certain, and it’s even better if you’re right. On April 22, 1971, John Kerry became the first Vietnam veteran to testify before Congress about the war – he spoke for nearly two … Continue reading

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