Things Trump has called a hoax

(A partial list) Global Warming The Democrats President Obama Low unemployment rates in 2016 The Steele Dossier “Russia, Russia, Russia” Wikileaks The Mueller Investigation Criminal charges against Paul Manafort “Immigration” New York Times...

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...
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...

Time Travel: A Star Wars Story

I was 14 when the first Star Wars movie premiered. I read about it in Newsweek and went to my dad and said, “Hey, would you take us to see this new movie called Star Wars?” He said “Absolutely NOT!” A few weeks later I asked again, and he...

O, I am deluded!

A funny thing happened to me in the fall of 2016: After the worst-case scenario on election night, I suffered through a burst of clear-headed perspective, writing several harshly honest essays here. Three years later, despite my post-debacle efforts at brutal clarity,...
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