Category Archives: End of the American Experiment

America’s Funeral

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, was cold and bleak back in Washington. It rained here in Los Angeles. Things were dismal everywhere, and the day before the markets had crashed. The Dow fell eight hundred points. And the Trump presidency seemed … Continue reading

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Well On the Way to Ending America

The press is the enemy of the people. No president had ever said that before. That’s Hitler stuff. Putin says that. Erdogan in Turkey and Duterte in the Philippines and al-Sisi in Egypt say that. American presidents don’t. They never … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Wars

Americans live in the past, when they were young. For most Americans, but not all, life peaked in their senior year in high school. It’s been all downhill since then. That keeps Facebook in business, but there’s a small cohort … Continue reading

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Slouching Towards Nothing in Particular

“The curtain rises on a vast primitive wasteland, not unlike certain parts of New Jersey…” ~ Woody Allen That’s unfair. Princeton is a fine place – green and pretty – Einstein liked it there. Red Bank gave us Count Basie … Continue reading

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The Sense of an Ending

You can worry about whether you’ll have your job tomorrow – that’s pretty common these days – or worry about whether you’ll have your house next month – also common in these times – or worry that all that you’ve … Continue reading

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Rational and Historically Grounded Gloom

Admittedly it’s an odd problem, and no one is asking for sympathy here, but those of us with a history of clinical depression, no matter how far in the past, have a somewhat epistemological problem with social and political issues. … Continue reading

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