Tag Archives: Wall Street

Taking the Actual Country Back

Americans like to keep things simple. Twitter is the preferred medium of public discourse now – if you can’t distill what you’re thinking down into one hundred forty characters, you’re not thinking clearly, or you’re a tedious windbag who really … Continue reading

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Toward a More Dangerous Populism

America is populism. That’s how we started, telling the British to stuff it, with a declaration that we needed no king. “We the people” could rule ourselves, working out among ourselves the way we lived – we’d make the rules, … Continue reading

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Structural Impediments

Live and learn. Teaching was fine, but the pay was awful and teaching wasn’t the half of it. There was careful preparation and planning, which for English teachers involves far more than daily lesson plans. Novels and poems and plays … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Paranoid Plutocrats

“Let me smile with the wise, and feed with the rich.” ~ Samuel Johnson It’s all Amazon now. They moved beyond books a long time ago, after destroying Borders and Barnes and Noble and ten thousand small bookstores. They were … Continue reading

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Impossible Conversations

Christmas dinner is coming, and that’s when, after you’ve all stuffed yourselves, the talk turns to politics. And it will be how Obama is ruining America – because he hates America, or at least he hates hard-working successful white folks … Continue reading

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Seeking Redemption

There are no second acts in American life. F. Scott Fitzgerald said that, no doubt referring to his career. He wrote that brilliant first novel – The Great Gatsby – perhaps the Great American Novel, as they say. But each … Continue reading

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