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Neither Law nor Order

Americans understand law and order. There was a television show named that that’s still in syndication. Lennie Brisco (Jerry Orbach) and his partner – those changed over the years – would arrest the bad guy, eventually. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) … Continue reading

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Seduced by the Greatest Generation

Timing is everything, but everything is guesswork. Doing the right thing at just the right moment – asking for that raise or deciding to go for it on fourth and long – depends on an accurate sense of the flow … Continue reading

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The Bonaparte Rule

Napoléon Bonaparte is said to have said that you should never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake – but he spoke French with a heavy Corsican accent and may have said something else entirely – perhaps he … Continue reading

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Not Fade Away

Some things do fade away, like political campaign songs – in 1928, Al Smith’s campaign song was “Sidewalks of New York” (he lost) and in 1932 Franklin Roosevelt’s song was “Happy Days Are Here Again” (he won) – and of … Continue reading

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Now the Troublemaker-in-Chief

“Prudence is a Rich, Ugly Old Maid, courted by Incapacity.” As aphorisms go, that’s a pretty good one, from William Blake – the English painter, poet and printmaker, who was anything but prudent. And even if he died in 1827, … Continue reading

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