Neither Five Nor Three: The Alternate Universe

These thoughts were inspired by Adam Hochschild’s front-page book review in the Sunday Times (11/21) of The 1619 Project. Obviously I haven’t read it yet, but pieces of it were published in the Times, and I did read one of the excerpts at…

Reflections on the Trial

Every one, everyone was shocked. I was shocked. But of course nothing shocking happened. The weather report said there’d be a thunderstorm, and then we heard the thunder. There’s nothing original to say, because everyone not living on the Moon already knows the score–it’s the validation…

Infrastructure: What Went On

The media, even the Times, covered this story very conventionally, without making any attempt to explain what had happened as a political event. Why did AOC and her colleagues vote against it? …

The Politics of Rage: Part 2

“Rage is the ideology of the Republican Party.”

We might say that the Party is all about getting and retaining power, but that misses the point. Politics is always about power. But it’s not necessarily, and certainly not always, only about power, but about…

The Politics of Rage: Part I


It turns out that in Australia, “Murdoch papers, with a huge market share in Australia, have been supportive of mask wearing, social distance and vaccines. …

The Coup of 2024 A Clarification

The 12th Amendment and the coming coup.

It’s my 89th birthday today. I hate having to pen the analysis that follows: but truth is truth.

The Coup d’Etat of 2024 is actually unlikely to follow the path most of us are expecting, and preparing…

The Struggle Continues: La Lotta Continua

This just in from TPM: a June Survey “found that 47 million American adults — nearly 1 in 5 — agree with the statement that “the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.” We’ve heard from that…

What Goes On: The Freight Wreck at Altoona

“She traveled at sixty an hour
Gaining speed every foot of the way
And then with a crash it was over
And there on the tracks the freight lay”

Altoona, Pennsylvania, where the Redness of the Rust Belt begins…

Who We Are

More on Abortion.

There’s a story in today’s Times:

MEXICO CITY — “Criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, setting a precedent that could lead to legalization of the procedure across this conservative Catholic country of about 130 million people. …

Philip Green

Emeritus Professor of Gov’t, Smith College, Visiting Professor, The New School, Editorial Board, The Nation,

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