Category Archives: Political Manipulation of National Anxiety

Punk Politics

Yes, you have received email from that bank official in Nigeria, or the widow in Warsaw, or from the folks at the Lisbon lottery, or from that staff sergeant in some odd province of Iraq – there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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One More 9/11

Some of us don’t do that passionate thing. Maybe it’s the Czech heritage – Jaroslav Hašek through Vaclav Havel through Milan Kundera – a pose of bemused irony hiding careful thinking and an iron will to change things gets more … Continue reading

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A Fine Madness

There’s that curious scene in Hamlet when Polonius, who seems to be some sort of advisor to the royal family – James Baker to the first George Bush or Karl Rove to the second – tells the queen that her … Continue reading

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Our Days of Win-At-Any-Cost Sociopaths

August Sundays are a bother. It will be good when the NFL season starts and the day is given over to watching crazed giant mutants on steroids smash into each other. And there is a bit of sweet justice that … Continue reading

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Reading Homer in Manhattan

So, let’s stroll through the classics. The wiliest of men, the heroic if somewhat sneaky great warrior Odysseus, who has every symbolic great adventure that a man can have, is on his way home from that war in Troy over … Continue reading

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Getting It

It’s where married life and politics intersect – and every guy who is married, or has been married, or even been in a relationship, knows how it goes. The wife is crying and the husband is obviously concerned, and puzzled. … Continue reading

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Regarding Brain Death

Back in the early seventies – a long time ago – it was working as a ward clerk on the rehab unit at the university hospital that those odd words first came up – Brain Death Committee. They had an … Continue reading

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