Introduction: This is the first in a series of dashed off speculative opinions. Normal procedure on the FM website for these topics would be 3 thousand word posts, supported by dozens of links. I dont' have the time to finish them, and too many of these outlines have accumulated in my drafts file. Perhaps these will spark useful debate … Continue reading Successful propaganda as a characteristic of 21st century America
The salons of our Versailles-on-the-Potomac ring with gossip about the election. Every day brings exciting news... about Michelle's and Cindy's dresses, changes in the lineups of each team's gladiators, the daily score of money raised, and new fantasies about the "true" values and beliefs of each candidate. Listening to this bustle, I wonder if we remain capable of self-government? Or, like the Romans of the … Continue reading A report card for the Republic: are we still capable of self-government?