Category Archives: End of the American Experiment

The Extinction-Level Event

Sometimes it’s best to get down to basics. The whole idea of this place was that kings and tyrants of any sort made no sense. People can govern themselves, and should. We needed no king. We’d vote on what should … Continue reading

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Appropriate Response

It may be that the essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. That was Obama’s strategy and his foreign policy – “Don’t do stupid shit.” Informally that was “leading from behind” – which worked just fine and drove … Continue reading

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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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