Compare our New America to the America-that-once-was (a great nation)

Summary: We made a compact with ourselves when creating the United States, ratified by elected officials to show consent of the governed for so long as the Constitution lived. Many considered this a bold act, one with few if any precedents. But our forefathers successfully fought to defend the Republic for over 200 years against … Continue reading Compare our New America to the America-that-once-was (a great nation)

Why do awesome people – like us – have such inadequate leaders?

Summary:  Each campaign season brings complaints about the quality of the candidates.  Why such a poor selection, unlike what we see at Best Buy?  Read this for an answer, proven by history.   I tweaked this, as comments suggested that the inital version was unclear. "Have you ever stopped to consider that there is a difference between ideals and … Continue reading Why do awesome people – like us – have such inadequate leaders?

FDR explains one dimension of our problem: bankers own the government

Summary:  We cannot fix America until we understand what ails it.  Some of our problems are systemic.  Some result from external rivals, even foes.  Some result from our weakness.  Some result from internal enemies of the Republic.  Some result from lust for power and wealth by our fellow Americans.  Our bankers fall into the last group, … Continue reading FDR explains one dimension of our problem: bankers own the government

Steve Fraser compares Obama’s Brainiacs and Roosevelt’s Brain Trust

With increasing dismay liberals watch the weak but steady rightward drift of the Obama Administration.  Conservatives agree with many of his policies (or did so when they were Bush's), but condemn him as a leftist radical anyway.  If these trends continue, they will exhaust Obama's political capital before the midpoint of his term. The domestic … Continue reading Steve Fraser compares Obama’s Brainiacs and Roosevelt’s Brain Trust

An important and politically significant guide to the Great Depression

Summary:  the combination of intense political polarization and a long deep economic downturn has made the events of the Great Depression important again -- both as part of both parties' positioning and for lessons about the appropriate public policy response.  One book has become an rallying point for Republicans, from which they derive their proscriptions … Continue reading An important and politically significant guide to the Great Depression