Category Archives: End of the American Century

On the Outside Looking In

Our politics are endlessly fascinating. One side or the other is always looking for an edge, that one thing that will change the dynamics and destroy the other party, shattering their reputation for whatever it is they claim to be … Continue reading

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That Slow Fade to Black

Sunday, April 22 – and the June Gloom arrives in Los Angeles a few months early – that all day marine layer of light fog with three or four minutes of watery sunshine breaking through in late afternoon, followed by … Continue reading

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The Process of Imperial Collapse

There’s no way to ease into this. In April 2009, but the day after April Fools’ Day and not on the day itself, in the Washington Post, Simon Johnson and James Kwak offered this: But is the United States really … Continue reading

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The Long Decline

Were the local classical station not in one of its seemingly endless fund-raising campaigns – that’s where they talk about music and play very little of it and ask you for money – they’d probably be playing Wagner – Götterdämmerung … Continue reading

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What We Do

True story – it was December 14 in Paris almost ten years ago, cold and dark at dawn, followed by heavy rain, and I was bleary-eyed from staying up all night watching CNN-International in the hotel room. Somewhere in the … Continue reading

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The End of Trust

There are jokes about all nationalities of course, and ways people think of each of them – fodder for cartoons and shows like The Sopranos. No one much picks on the Finns or the Czechs – not much to work … Continue reading

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