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Watch “High Noon” to see why we don’t reform America’s politics

Summary: High Noon is a great and prophetic film, pointing us to a cause of the problems with America, and why political reform remains necessary but elusive. “Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful — horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember…” — An insight from a demon (they know us …

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Left Wing politics

The Left helps bring us Weimerica, a prelude to big changes

Summary: The Left is working to profoundly change American society. Their program is politically suicidal. It tells us much about modern America. About Weimerica. It suggests that large changes lie ahead. A later post will describe how the Right is also pushing us on the path blazed by the Weimar Republic. After decades of slow …

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Saudi Princes

Stratfor on the Saudi’s political intrigue (bigger and more interesting than ours)

Summary: The latest news about intrigues among the Saudi Princes are entertaining, might effect the course of world history, and put Washington’s palace intrigues in perspective. Mohammed bin Salman is a happy man, heir to much of the world’s power. “The Saudi Royal Family’s Laundry Gets a Public Airing” Stratfor, 20 June 2017. What happens …

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Roger Pielke Jr.: Manichean paranoia has poisoned the climate debate

Summary: Why have there been such meager results from the three decades-long campaign for public policy action in America to fight climate change? Professor Roger Pielke Jr. explains how activists on both sides brought Manichean paranoia to the debate, poisoning it. The results might have historic painful effects. He shows how we can fix the …

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Superheroes

Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

Summary: This brilliant essay by James Bowman describes two themes often discussed here. First, the lack of heroes in our films and minds. Second, our fear and apathy. He uses movies as a mirror to see how our view of heroes has changed — making us weaker. “The worst {result} of the plague of superheroes …

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