Notes from the Week of May 8, 2022: Inflation, Citizen Musk, Dobbs, & Russo-Ukraine War

My plan to post a short reflection every week failed almost immediately. The dual demands of a full-time job and part-time academia meant little time for part-time writing. Nevertheless, I'll try again.  Inflation, Elon Musk buying Twitter, and the leaked first draft opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization eclipsed the Russo-Ukraine War in commentariat… Continue reading Notes from the Week of May 8, 2022: Inflation, Citizen Musk, Dobbs, & Russo-Ukraine War

Notes from the Week of March 27, 2022: Inflation & Media

  Larry Summers was on Ezra Klein's New York Times podcast to discuss the state of the world economy (here is the transcript). It was worth listening to only to hear Klein getting mugged by reality, although he still seemed to want to beleive Covid and Ukraine caused high inflation. Say what you want about Summers, but he admitted… Continue reading Notes from the Week of March 27, 2022: Inflation & Media

Notes from the Week of March 21, 2022: SCOTUS Appointment & Russo-Ukraine War

Some notes looking back on last week: SCOTUS nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearings were mostly uneventful. So far she's saying what she needs to say to get appointed. She strikes me as a good addition to the Court because I don't think she's an extreme judicial activist. She handled the unfair question about the… Continue reading Notes from the Week of March 21, 2022: SCOTUS Appointment & Russo-Ukraine War

Notes from the Week of March 14, 2022: Ukraine Invasion

Very few people read. Readers make the investment of precious time and energy need a return on that investment. In thinking about this website, I wonder if I've had a good sense of what people want to read. I think it's fiction--but that takes me a long time. And I think it's essays--but I'm bad about… Continue reading Notes from the Week of March 14, 2022: Ukraine Invasion

Overreaction

It's October 2021 and the simulation is getting weirder and weirder. Strange how opinion journalists' inevitable exhortation "we must do something" has become "we must do everything." In the last 20 years, national rhetoric heated-up faster than temperatures in pre-Millennium climate change projections. In America, there was governmental overreaction to the three great calamities of… Continue reading Overreaction

Sound and Fury: The Last Stand of Isolationism

At the end of the 19th century, the United States temporarily broke with the foreign policy tradition of isolation from global politics and a strict adherence to the Monroe Doctrine’s focus on the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. became an imperial power in a remarkably short period of time, primarily through its conquests in the Spanish-American… Continue reading Sound and Fury: The Last Stand of Isolationism

Flyover Bourgeois GenX Man

I’ve witnessed history being made four times in my half-century of life: the end of the Cold War, 9-11, the Financial Crisis of 2007-08, and now the Coronavirus pandemic. Those events—spaced roughly by 10 years—play outsized roles in public dialogue and analysis. They are omnipresent in people’s imaginations as they wrestle with current affairs. However,… Continue reading Flyover Bourgeois GenX Man

The Hazards of Political Belief Spectrums

The graphic above is from a discussion on a UK website called The Student Room. Chicago Fog believes this is a good representation of the parameters of political beliefs reflected in contemporary society: communism on one end and fascism on the other. Clearly, the maker of the spectrum must be from Canada, but this graphic… Continue reading The Hazards of Political Belief Spectrums