Tag Archives: Populist Politics

Sweating the Small Stuff

It’s Friday night. The impeachment stuff will take care of itself, next week. Only one thing was now settled: With his Senate trial to begin in earnest next week, President Trump has added some high-profile lawyers to his legal team, … Continue reading

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American Populism in Action

“Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith John Kenneth Galbraith understood America’s unique form of populism. Here, the little guy never wanted to take control of things and stick … Continue reading

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The Voice of Some of the People

The voice of the people is the voice of God – Vox Populi, Vox Dei – words everyone used to mutter back when any reasonably educated person knew Latin – but a fairly commonplace idea. There are experts, and there … Continue reading

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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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Offering Smiling Resentment

We are our heroes, and there was a time in America when everyone loved Gomer Pyle – the character played by Jim Nabors in that sitcom that ran from 1964 through 1969, the year that America finally seemed to have … Continue reading

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The Unashamed Socialist Steps Up

As April was ending, as it does each year, Baltimore had eaten up all the news cycles. When the desperate and outraged people of a major American city have finally had enough, and when there’s the right precipitating event, riots … 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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