Category Archives: Uncategorized

What Is Fascism? Has It Bloomed in the U.S.?

February 7, 2018 Over the past few days, James Fallows has been musing about “the challenge of calling the Trump era by its proper name.”  He is especially wrestling with whether “fascism” is the proper term as, he notes, Dutch … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy and Rights, Governance, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Meanings: Nous

January 30, 2018 In a review of Martin Amis’s new collection of essays, The Rub of Time, Dwight Garner quotes Amis on the era of Donald Trump:  “There’s nothing there. No shame, no honor, no conscience, no knowledge, no curiosity, … Continue reading

Posted in Meanings, Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Atlas of Redistricting

January 25, 2018 Here’s a marvelous resource from FiveThirtyEight.com: An Atlas of Redistricting.  (This is part of their Gerrymandering Project.)  It starts with the premise that gerrymandering is bad, but recognizes that drawing ‘fair’ or ‘reasonable’ electoral districts isn’t as … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy and Rights, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Voter Suppression in the United States

January 10, 2018 President Trump has dissolved his Voter Fraud Commission.  Usefully, Steve Almond of Cognoscenti makes this call:  It’s Time For Democrats To Investigate Voter Suppression.  He’s right.  too few Americans have a real opportunity to vote.  And that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Demagogic Leadership Style

January 8, 2017 From a post by Bob Bauer, on the Lawfare Blog.  An astonishing but straightforward statement about the current president of the United States. Trump displays a demagogic leadership style characterized by the pathological personalization of his office. Of primary … Continue reading

Posted in Governance, Leadership, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Trump-Russia Ties Must Be Investigated

Wednesday’s Brunswick Times Record had an opinion piece aimed to cast doubt on Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign andRussian efforts to steer the election towards Trump.  The piece was by Paul Ackerman and … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and Policy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Marilynne Robinson Calls Out Twaddle

November 17, 2017 In this week’s New York Review of Books, Marilynne Robinson makes a public declaration of her disgust with deconstructionism. Robinson is a 2012 recipient of a National Humanities Medal, and teaches at the University of Iowa Writer’s … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment