I’m chronically ending up on the wrong side of debates about many types of corruption, I’ve come to wonder whether there’s any agreement on what non-illegal corruption looks like or whether I’ve simply been so corrupted for so long that I’m devoid of the moral sensitivity displayed by critics.Read More
Way back during the Cold War, the U.S. and Soviet Union were locked in a tense face-off for decades. Both sides had huge arsenals of thermonuclear devices. But there was a doctrine of military strategy called Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD, that kept the missiles in their silos. It became a foundation in the national security policies of both great powers that the use of high-yield weapons of mass destruction by either side would bring about immediate and total retaliation by the other side and cause the complete annihilation of both.Read More »
It was the evening of October 27, 1964. Barry Goldwater’s quixotic campaign for President was careening toward catastrophe. Dispirited Republicans glumly awaited their worst presidential showing since Alf Landon defeated Franklin Roosevelt in Maine and Vermont.Read More »
Having just survived a bitterly-contested vote over Scottish independence, Britain is now plunging headlong into yet another identity crisis. This one is called, “English Votes for English Laws”—EVEL for short.Read More »
Scotland has voted decisively against breaking from the United Kingdom and becoming an independent country. Some thoughts on the big picture logic and rhetoric of the campaign.Read More »
What brand doesn’t belong on this list? Amazon, Uber, Yelp, Hillary.
It’s a trick question. They all belong. In recent days, they’ve all been making it harder for their fans to love them.Read More »
All kinds of questions are being asked about what will happen if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom on September 18. How will the national debt and the North Sea oil and gas reserves be divided? What about fishing rights? Will Scotland be allowed to keep the pound? Where will the Royal Navy base its nuclear submarines, since they are not welcome in Scotland? What will the remainder of the United Kingdom do for a flag if the white cross of St. Andrew on a blue field is ripped from the Union Jack?Read More »
There’s an early Philip Roth story about a bunch of Jewish kids in Hebrew school trying to figure out whether Jesus lived or not.
“The Catholics,” Itzie Lieberman says, “they believe in Jesus Christ, that he’s God.”
Lieberman, Roth adds, “used ‘the Catholics’ in its broadest sense — to include the Protestants.”
I confess, when I was a kid in a largely Jewish town, I was similarly confused. I think I have it straight, now. But I was confused again this week, reading about Dave Brat’s surprising primary election win over Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)…Read More »