Tag Archives: Steve Bannon

Slightly Modified Promises

“Of course I’ll respect you in the morning.” Don’t make promises you can’t keep. There’s a reason the divorce rate is so high in America, and spectacularly higher in the Bible Belt – where extravagant promises of faithfulness, and faith, … Continue reading

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The Deconstruction of the Administrative State

Jacques Derrida’s 1967 work Of Grammatology introduced the idea of deconstructionism – and no one knew what the hell he was talking about. Words have meaning only because of contrast-effects with other words. No word can acquire meaning in the way in which … Continue reading

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The Damaged Personality

Eccentric and unhinged and sometimes evil billionaires are the stuff of cartoons. Scrooge McDuck was the slightly nasty foil to Donald Duck – but harmless. Montgomery Burns in The Simpsons is pure evil – and a joke too. Everyone knows … Continue reading

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Not Quite Canadian

Liberals do think about giving up on Trump’s America and moving to Canada, where liberals actually call themselves liberals and don’t feel the need to hide behind the term “progressive” or other such nonsense – a nation of modest polite … Continue reading

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From the Emergency Room

Yes, it’s been a week – but there was that Hollywood emergency room. You know, new, modern, airy, with giant state-of-the-art gizmos linked by a cool information system, with a full and young cheery staff too – and the doctor … Continue reading

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The Friday Revolution

In December, 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded a song which began with a line that was also the last line of the bridge – “What a drag it is getting old” – the repeated refrain, the theme. That was a … Continue reading

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Lights Out

It was 1914. It was British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey: A friend came to see me on one of the evenings of the last week – he thinks it was on Monday, August 3rd. We were standing at a … Continue reading

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