Category Archives: Republican Radicalism

Appropriate Despair

Medea gets pretty ticked off at Jason and murders her two children by him, but then the gods descend and carry her off, which is a bit ambiguous, but that’s still one hell of a tragedy. Oedipus kills his father … Continue reading

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Political Ecosystems

Those of us who did our four years at Denison University – back in the day when college was four sequential years without pauses for this and that – always felt a bit ambivalent about the famous alumni. Sure, it … Continue reading

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The Party of Sour Crankiness

Oh well, it seemed like a good idea at the time – but when something’s not working, and you now know it’s never going to work – for structural reasons, or practical reasons, or because the parties in question simply … Continue reading

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America’s Day in Court

Perhaps we are a litigious people – everyone wants to sue everyone else – but of course hardly anyone does. It’s just too much bother, and it’s damned expensive. And if you deal with your bank or your healthcare plan, … Continue reading

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Narrowing the Focus

Let’s see – as this primary season has unfolded, and as the Republicans try to work out who they’ll choose to run against Obama, they are in the process of trying to focus their attack. After all, a focused attack … Continue reading

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Pushed Too Far

Grace under pressure – keeping your cool – John Wayne to Steve McQueen to James Bond – Hemingway to Kerouac to Miles to Brian Eno – never let them see you sweat – no fear and no big whoop about … Continue reading

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Simply Killer Political Philosophy

Some things just get you thinking – unless you’re one of those people who thinks that thinking just screws things up. Basketball coaches hold that view – the player who thinks gets faked out of his shoes, so you want … Continue reading

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