What a year it's been. I haven't kept up my blog as well as I meant to; grad school is hard, etc etc etc. The news I'm linking to on this post are highlights from the past several months that I think are worth checking out and spending some time with. First, though, I just … Continue reading New Year’s Eve
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr, via James Comey 10/30/2017 Hey, so! It’s closing in on 12 weeks since my last update to this blog – grad school steals all my time, what can I say – but as always EVERYTHING KEEPS HAPPENING. SO … Continue reading Mueller: It Begins
[note: for those of you who follow this blog via email, this is a post that will show up best as a web page] I've been doing a lot of reading about Congressman John Lewis for the past year or so. He has become one of my personal moral heroes; you can find a brief … Continue reading The work isn’t done.
Some must-listen podcasts: Breaking News [Radiolab] Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now [OnBeing] Meeting the Russians [NPR: Planet Money] - This week's most important news stories may have been: Bob Mueller Is Using a Grand Jury. Here’s What It Means. (Politico) Thursday’s news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tapping a … Continue reading in which a lot keeps happening.
I decided earlier this evening that I needed a break from paying attention to the Senate health care bill & so I went looking for some poetry. Found this, which reminded me of a quote from a chapter in My Bright Abyss, originally published here as "Hive of Nerves": There is a distinction to be … Continue reading alive to possibility
On the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal: The President vs. Federal Law Enforcement: Trump Attacks Everyone (Lawfare) As for the convoluted rationale he uses to get to this corruption, well, suffice it to say that Trump’s suggestion that the FBI voluntarily began reporting to the Justice Department around the Nixon era betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the wave … Continue reading In which all I can say is, “This interview is nuts.”
Y'all, there's so much happening. I want to talk about health care, and the procedural ruin that is happening in our Congress, and the broader failure of the underlying structure of representative democracy in this country, and Jared Kushner's SF-86, and how horribly terrifying the situation with North Korea seems, and the spate of recent … Continue reading Update: 7/14/17
[source: twitter] [source: twitter] [source: twitter] - The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the … Continue reading Happy Independence Day
The landscape has changed such that I agree with Charles Krauthammer for the first time in recent memory: "Presidents don't talk like this. They never have," Krauthammer said. "This is what it sounds like when you're living in a banana republic. This is how Hugo Chavez would talk about his opponents. This is how … Continue reading I am exhausted.