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Purloined Wisdom

I don’t plan to put forth one original thought today. The title Purloined Wisdom is exactly what I intend to pass along. Much of it comes from the reading I was able to complete during my late December break from writing; other pearls were acquired via the simple but important act of listening to what wise people had to say. Wherever possible I will credit whomever I gleaned from. Let’s explore. Continue reading Purloined Wisdom

A MAD Week Starts 2018?

I remember the duck and cover under a desk drills in school in preparation for a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. That would have done about as much good as a Betsy DeVos led Department of Education. Out of that era came an international relations theory known by the acronym of MAD which stood for Mutually Assured Destruction. Decades later came a television series named Mad Men. That “mad” stood for Manhattan’s Madison Avenue which was the epicenter of the powerful advertising business in the 1960’s. Last week we may have seen a 2018 version of mad men (as in insane) and they may be engaged in mutually assured destruction only unlike various American Presidents and Soviet Premiers they may not be smart enough to avoid the mutual destruction. Let’s explore. Continue reading A MAD Week Starts 2018?

Three Of A Kind?

As the Trump administration fumbles its way to what I anticipate will be an inglorious ending it is difficult not to compare it with two failed Republican presidencies of my lifetime. As I write this Trump is in the air on his way back from the G20 meetings in Hamburg, Germany. His actions to date remind me very much of those of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Let’s explore. Continue reading Three Of A Kind?

SPECIAL NOTICE – RECOMMENDED READING ADDITIONS

I just added two books to the Recommended Reading section: Timothy Snyder’s On Tranny and Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash.

They are very different.  Yale professor Snyder’s On Tranny is a very short book broken into twenty points.  It compares the rise of communism in what was the Soviet Union and fascism in what was Nazi Germany to the rise of several (including Donald Trump) current politicians.

LSU professor Isenberg’s White Trash is a long scholarly work that could be used as a Sociology text.  Her work explores the history of race and class in American history.

Just Part Of Vlad’s Master Plan

Russiagate dominated American political news again last week. This situation very much reminds me of Watergate. I have a feeling that when all is said and done the old political axiom of the cover up being worse than the crime will again be proven true. I feel there is a big difference with Russiagate – it is part of a foreign government’s master plan. Let’s explore. Continue reading Just Part Of Vlad’s Master Plan