Tag Archives: End of the Republican Party

The White American Dinosaurs

Graduate school at Duke was fine. North Carolina was a bit problematic. There were the Lost Cause folks sure that the South would rise again – they hadn’t really lost that war. There was the New South crowd – forget … Continue reading

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The Means to the Opposite Ends

Donald Trump had a bad week. Everything bad that could possibly happen to him was happening all at once – all of it quite dramatic. Newsrooms were overwhelmed. Was this the end of his presidency? What were the parallels? Which … Continue reading

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Course Corrections

Politicians hate to admit they were wrong, but they do, and Donald Trump won’t. He’ll imply change course and say he hasn’t changed course at all – that’s what he was going to do all along. Reports that he had … Continue reading

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Imagining Imaginary Alternatives

When the world seems a mess there’s always alternative history to consider. Things might have been different. In 1931, British historian Sir John Squire collected a series of essays from some of the leading historians of the period for his anthology If It Had … Continue reading

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Unending Chronic Discontent

Internists, those doctors who specialize in differential diagnosis, make a distinction between acute issues – something just went wrong – “acute onset” whatever – that can be fixed or, if the symptoms are treated, may fix itself – and chronic … Continue reading

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Cult Status

Cult films are cool. They’re dumb films, often intentionally absurd, often intentionally ironic. The “cult” is in on the joke. They watch these things over and over and shout out the lines along with the actors on screen, or sing … Continue reading

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Our Rough Beast

Let’s get literary. Let’s get political. In the Los Angeles Times, Mark Athitakis does both with a book from fifty years ago: Compared to the rest of his oeuvre, Gore Vidal’s 1968 novel seems misbegotten… His reputation was built on … Continue reading

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