State of the Union – A Tweet Storm

Part I - The Trio of Terribles In Trump, corruption and incompetence merge with malevolent intent to appear as some grand design. A trio of terribles, ravaging in synch. 1/ Part of this troika is illusory, though. Most of it. It is not all some masterminded grand design. Much is simply chaos pulling in synch. … Continue reading State of the Union – A Tweet Storm

The Walking Dead – Season 7 Episode 1 Revisited

The second half of Season 7 of The Walking Dead kicks off this Sunday (February 12, 2017, 9:00 p.m. on AMC). To refresh recollections, I am republishing a piece I wrote the day after this season's premiere episode, one of the most gut-wrenching episodes of any hi-end TV series (The Wire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Dexter, The Sopranos, Lost … Continue reading The Walking Dead – Season 7 Episode 1 Revisited

The Concept of The Other

It's time to talk again about the 'Other.' The Other, as a tool employed to facilitate an authoritarian's rise to power. It's the 'them' in Us vs. Them. The Other. Because there's always an other. The notion is straight out of the Autocrat's Handbook. It's Authoritarianism 101. And it's useful for us - those of us … Continue reading The Concept of The Other

Left-Wing Radicals

  Everything old is new again... ‪Now that ordinary folk have taken to the streets to protest of this sh*tstorm of bad governance - ever since the Women's March kicked things off the day after the Inauguration - we should expect to hear the term 'left wing radical' with increased frequency in the days ahead. … Continue reading Left-Wing Radicals

Book Review: The Plot to Hack America by Malcolm Nance

Malcolm Nance, The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election (2016) I just finished Malcolm Nance's "The Plot to Hack America," published just a few months before the 2016 election. Nance is a career intelligence officer, who has testified before congress. He now contributes to MSNBC. The … Continue reading Book Review: The Plot to Hack America by Malcolm Nance

A Polarized Nation and the Perils of Objectivity

I keep hearing this "the country is polarized" trope; that people are only tuning in to what they want to hear. This point of view is tiresome. By and large, people want to hear the truth. Facts. And if what you're saying doesn't match what their eyes and ears are telling them, that's not a … Continue reading A Polarized Nation and the Perils of Objectivity

First Content – Origins

I will begin with some background content on the subject of politics in America 2016. The following are a series of posts I publish in the Summer/Fall of 2016, and extraordinary, if wretched, year for politics in these United States. My conversation began in the immediate aftermath of the Republican and Democratic party conventions in July, … Continue reading First Content – Origins