The non-linear 2020 election

I just read an NPR interview with journalist McKay Coppins (thank you Lex Alexander), where the topic was what Trump and his campaign will do to win this fall. It covers the waterfront pretty well, with serial focus on the powers of incumbency, preparations for a...

True Democrats, True Progressives

I’m trying not to use the term “Democratic Party” generically these days, and here’s why: There is most certainly a specific institution called the Democratic Party, and that institution performs some absolutely essential tasks. But the...
The Spoils of Empire

The Spoils of Empire

Some years ago, Janet gave me a used copy of Gore Vidal’s “Burr” as my Christmas present. Thoroughly recommended, but I’m not here to write a book report. What Vidal understood about America was what I refused to admit: Though we were founded...

Racing to the bottom

American hot rod legend Carroll Shelby is experiencing something of a cultural moment this month, thanks to the feature film “Ford vs. Ferrari,” which I hope to see soon. But last night I watched a new documentary called “Shelby American,” and...
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