Category Archives: Americans’ Ambiguity Regarding the Rich

Switching National Myths

The current Republican line is that American workers are, in general, greedy whiners, ruining everything. It’s the business owners, the bold capitalists, who are the real heroes – now under attack by useless employees demanding higher wages, and better or … Continue reading

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Careless People

“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the … Continue reading

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The Curious Absence of White-Hot Social Anger

A quiet Sunday evening in Hollywood, rain on the way, browsing the news and opinion sites, trying to get a sense of what seems to be going on in the world, or what people think is going on – with … Continue reading

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Wanting To Be One of the Useless Hated Rich

Growing up in Pittsburgh in the fifties was a sort of The Adventure of Ozzie and Harriet in the Rust Belt. After those first years in the Czech community down in the dark valley by the even darker river, listening … Continue reading

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A Time for Dreaming

The often insufferable Keith Olbermann calls the Tea Party folks the something-for-nothing crowd – and of course that’s shorthand for those who want no new taxes, and massive tax cuts as we’re taxed too much already, and the government to … Continue reading

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A Day in an Alternative Universe

April Fools’ Day is always problematic. People want to punk you. The classic was from 1957 – the BBC news program Panorama ran a pleasant and innocuous segment about spaghetti harvesting in Switzerland, where farmers grow pasta on trees, as … Continue reading

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How Things Happen

It may have never happened, but it might have happened – or it should have happened. It’s Paris in the twenties. Imagine the Café de Flore or some such place, or Sylvia Beach’s bookshop (with James Joyce spooking around in … Continue reading

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