Learned Optimism: Liberalism, Human Rights, and American Progress

A reader of Chicago Fog will know I’m not an optimist by nature. In fact, people who know me probably think I’m a “glass is half-empty and quickly draining” kind of guy. I bring both skepticism and cynicism to studying U.S. history, and I’ll readily admit a fondness for debunking popular American mythos, whether it… Continue reading Learned Optimism: Liberalism, Human Rights, and American Progress

Imperial Blindness

“The history of the United States is the history of empire,” concludes Daniel Immerwahr’s How to Hide an Empire. Immerwahr’s book argues American political discourse resisted a societal and cultural self-identification of conducting an empire while the US government acted the part of an imperial power through its foriegn policy over the last 120 years.… Continue reading Imperial Blindness

Wither Moderation

In 2012 historian Geoffrey Kabaservice wrote an interesting book detailing the history of moderates in the Republican Party called Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party. Apolitical or centrist types may read Kabaservice and consider it tragedy, while far-right and far-left readers… Continue reading Wither Moderation

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

The Tea Party

The kettle boiled but then cooled pretty damn fast. What happened? An analysis of the short-lived Tea Party movement. The “Tea Party” movement received intense media attention when it emerged in early 2009. Derided by popular media but coddled by conservatives, the movement shaped the outcome of the 2010 midterm elections and has since lost… Continue reading The Tea Party

Stagnant Real Income Caused by Stagnant Human Capital

The inevitable, painful march of developed economies and emerging markets to equalize standards of living. Paul Kennedy's "The Rise and Fall of Great Powers" that’s central premise was every empire in history fell due to economic weakness and an over burdened military. The fact is this country is still the only super power (despite media… Continue reading Stagnant Real Income Caused by Stagnant Human Capital