Category Archives: Politics and Policy

In Praise of Journalism (Media Not So Much)

By now we’ve all seen this tweet. For those just tuning in, here is Reince Priebus defending the tweet on Sunday. And here is James Fallows in the Atlantic explaining that lies matter because when the government habitually lies, ‘With Such a … Continue reading

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Worries and Dissents 17.2.20

On the dissents front, here’s a piece from Commentary by Nicholas Eberstadt that aims to support the Trumpian view that things are less well off (more chaotic) than ‘those in the bubble’ say they are.  Our Miserable 21st Century.  One snippet: … Continue reading

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Does Trump Have Dementia? Do We?

A friend writes, “Just curious about your take on whether Donald Trump has early onset dementia.   Have you been writing about that?” Well that’s a question I can’t answer; I just don’t know.  But I also am not sure I’m … Continue reading

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The Origins of Polarization

I have a letter in today’s New York Times objecting to a David Brooks account of how we came to have polarized politics — if that’s the proper way to look at it. To the Editor: Re “Bonhoeffer, Benedict or … Continue reading

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Worries and Dissents 17.2.3

From time to time I want to link to intelligent worries I come across, and also to interesting dissents from the way I see things. While the Trump administration continues careening through its first weeks, David Brooks focuses on the … Continue reading

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A Wrecking Ball President

By the votes we cast and by the votes we didn’t cast, the citizens of the United States elected Donald J. Trump to the presidency.  He is now installed in the wheelhouse of the most powerful office in the world.  Many things … Continue reading

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Trump v. Republican Congress (1)

We’re in the mutual accommodation phase of the relationship between Donald Trump and the Republican majorities in the two houses of Congress.  The House Republicans have just finished a retreat at which Trump appeared, and the party’s Congressional leaders are … Continue reading

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