Category Archives: Political Amnesia

In the Absence of Content

There are political junkies and policy wonks – and then there’s the rest of the country, those who find politics tedious, or absurd, or insignificant. Ask them about Newt Gingrich or Michele Bachmann and you’ll get a blank stare. Even … Continue reading

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Read All About It

Back in the sixties everyone was reading Tolkien – Frodo saves Middle Earth and Gandalf didn’t really die – and over the last decade or so every kid in the world, and a good number of adults, read the Harry … Continue reading

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Not Too Swift

It’s hard to explain an affinity for Jonathan Swift – the honors work in college and all the detailed work in graduate school. Swift was an odd duck, and an old duck – early eighteenth century. But there was something … Continue reading

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Political Amnesia and Olfactory Impairment

When most of your family are Palin-Beck Republicans, and hang on every word Sean Hannity says on Fox News, you learn to keep your mouth shut. Any talk of domestic, foreign, or economic policy is met with sneers, and you’ll … Continue reading

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