Monty Python explains our presidential debates

Summary: This Monty Python skit perfectly captures the absurdity of our presidential debates, which seem designed to keep us uninformed (even stupid). Unfortunately they are the spectacles we want. {2nd of 2 posts today.} "Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see … Continue reading Monty Python explains our presidential debates

Stratfor: Europe takes another step towards a cashless society

Summary: Stratfor describes Europe next step towards a cashless society, and why they are making it. This is one of the largest increases in government power since the invention of fiat currencies and the income tax. Watch this process, perhaps coming soon to America. {1st of 2 posts today.} A World Without Cash Stratfor, 29 … Continue reading Stratfor: Europe takes another step towards a cashless society

Liberals look at Trump and populism, but see only their prejudices

Summary:  Yesterday's post examined how the Right sees Trump and the resurgence of populism. Today's looks at the Left. So far they largely ignore that they agree with much that Trump says. Is this based on political tactics (probably short-sighted) or class distinctions (those ignorant stupid proles refuse to follow their leaders)? Much depends on … Continue reading Liberals look at Trump and populism, but see only their prejudices

The Right struggles to understand Trump and populism

Summary: With victory at the GOP convention appearing more certain every day, the Right struggles to understand the resurgence of populism, so long suppressed. Here are two essays showing how they're doing so far -- by a neocon and conservative. Both remind us that populism is a political movement distinct from conservatism, and need not … Continue reading The Right struggles to understand Trump and populism

What the press won’t tell you about Trump and populism

Summary: Populism's resurgence has, as always, terrified our ruling elites and their servants. Since most journalists don't understand it, Campaign 2016 is a series of surprises to them. This excerpt from Walter Russell Mead's famous essay about Andrew Jackson's populism is a first step to doing so. First, populism is almost as old as the … Continue reading What the press won’t tell you about Trump and populism