Category Archives: Certainty

Understanding American Enthusiasms

It was the radical sixties – college days – and some of us were stuck in the middle of Ohio. There was no trekking off to San Francisco with flowers in our hair – whoever had a car could get … Continue reading

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Political Epistemology

Epistemology – as a freshman in college you had to love that word. Dropping it into a conversation made you feel so good – you were deep and serious and saw more than others, and you smiled that condescending smile … Continue reading

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Political Ambition and Delusion

“It is my settled opinion, after some years as a political correspondent, that no one is attracted to a political career in the first place unless he is socially or emotionally crippled.” ~ F. F. Bosworth   In Slate, Melinda … Continue reading

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Gender Bender Politics

Things just get more and more strange in American politics – but that is to be expected when the next president will either be a woman, or a black man, or an old white man, the flinty war-hero, the son … Continue reading

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Unfit for the Impossible Job

The war in Iraq enters its sixth year and people do wonder just what we’re doing there and why we’re doing what we’re doing, whatever it is. By way of an answer, the man behind the war – from its … Continue reading

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The Past is Past, the Present Unsettling, and the Future Frightening

It was something you should have expected – on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, which after the first six months morphed into a tense and seemingly permanent occupation, it seems everyone … Continue reading

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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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