Tag Archives: Medicare

Individualism Untempered By Common Decency

Donald Trump was inevitable. The repeal of Obamacare was inevitable. Six years ago, Neal Gabler explained that in America the Stony-Hearted: When the political history of the last thirty years is written, scholars will no doubt describe a rightward revolution that … Continue reading

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The Price of Price

Now everyone knows what happened. All the polling was wrong. Donald Trump won the election by skillfully riding a wave of economic and cultural backlash. Too many people felt left out of the recovering economy. The rich got their lost … Continue reading

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The Kansas Way

Never trust cultural critics, those who look at the sweep of history, and at the moment, and tell us all where this is all heading. The struggle of our times, after Hitler and Tojo were gone, was the epic battle … Continue reading

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One Nit Successfully Picked

By all accounts Ronald Reagan was a pleasant fellow, and he was thoroughly sincere about what he believed without being a jerk about it, at least too often. Those who thought that what he believed was dangerous nonsense still liked … Continue reading

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Perpetual Twilight

Retirement is okay, if you’re fond of irony, and if you thrive on constant low-grade anxiety. The irony is structural – those of us who are now retired are the last Americans who ever will be. We spent our working … Continue reading

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Everything Should Be Grand

There are great moral questions in life, and deep philosophic questions, and questions of identity and one’s life’s work, and questions on how to manage all sorts of interpersonal relationships – but everyone likes a good bargain. No one wants … Continue reading

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Social Trust

It was the graduate work at Duke long ago – the major in Early Eighteen Century British Literature and the minor in Early Twentieth Century American Literature – that led to the suggestion from many to go see that Woody … Continue reading

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