Category Archives: Political Nihilism

The Inevitable New Nihilism

Nihilism comes naturally to pretentious adolescents – everything is just wrong, and everyone (else) is so stupid, and nothing will ever get better. So there’s nothing to do but be sarcastic and cynical and dismissive. But chicks dig guys who … Continue reading

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Gaming the System

Politics is a grand game, where real people die. That’s the problem. How do you cover politics? Well, there is the first option. Over the last decade or more we have developed an industry that essentially covers the game, the … Continue reading

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On Ignoring Ominous Background Noise

Do you remember Gary Hart and Monkey Business? No? Well that’s okay – what seems important one day will be trivia soon enough. In a year will anyone remember anything about Rod Blagojevich – and what that led to? Wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Storyteller

In 2005 Christopher Booker published something he had been working on for thirty years, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories – and it seems a Jungian analysis of man’s impulse to tell stories wasn’t what the world was … Continue reading

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January Nihilism

Sometimes you win and win and win, and then you lose. And it feels rotten. Ask the San Diego Chargers – another great regular season, and another January, and another playoff game, and they lose to the lowly New York … Continue reading

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