Category Archives: Populist Politics

Blockbuster Weekend

Each summer Hollywood releases its over-the-top blockbuster movies, to finance all the deep and moody and serious movies that win Oscars but few actually watch, and in 2002, starting early, in May, Columbia Pictures out here in Culver City gave … Continue reading

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Between the Potency and the Existence

In 1925 – the year that F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby and we had that epic Scopes trial in Tennessee over teaching evolution, or even science, in our schools – T. S. Eliot was in London and in … Continue reading

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Once More with Feeling

There are lulls. March Madness was over. The college basketball team that simply never lost a game, Kentucky, finally lost one to the young lads from Wisconsin, who then lost to the guys from Duke, the college basketball team that … Continue reading

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Mike’s Turn

Anyone can run for president. Many do, all the time, or at least every four years – Harold Stassen even made a career of it. Stassen tried to convince the Republican Party to nominate him ten times, from 1940 through … Continue reading

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Taking the Actual Country Back

Americans like to keep things simple. Twitter is the preferred medium of public discourse now – if you can’t distill what you’re thinking down into one hundred forty characters, you’re not thinking clearly, or you’re a tedious windbag who really … Continue reading

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Toward a More Dangerous Populism

America is populism. That’s how we started, telling the British to stuff it, with a declaration that we needed no king. “We the people” could rule ourselves, working out among ourselves the way we lived – we’d make the rules, … Continue reading

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Sinking in the Deep State

Everyone knows the government is broken. The very day that Obama was first elected, back in 2008, key House and Senate Republicans met privately and agreed that their party would oppose anything Obama proposed, and stop it if they could, … Continue reading

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