Hillary’s weakness: traditional & charismatic leaders attack her bureaucratic authority

Summary: Hillary is the establishment's nominee for the Democratic ticket by virtue of seniority, dynastic succession, loyalty to the 1%, and service in the State machinery. An elderly statesman, Sanders, challenges the power of these institutions' bureaucratic authority by a call to follow traditional authority (unlike in the GOP, where Trump's appeals with charismatic authority) … Continue reading Hillary’s weakness: traditional & charismatic leaders attack her bureaucratic authority

Max Weber explains Campaign 2016: we want a charismatic leader to restore America

Summary: Past posts discussed the role of long-suppressed populism in the rise of Trump. But there are deeper forces at work, described a century ago by the philosopher Max Weber. Authority in America has passed from charismatic leaders to traditional leaders to bureaucrats (like Hillary and Jeb), as the Republic's legitimacy drains away. Now comes … Continue reading Max Weber explains Campaign 2016: we want a charismatic leader to restore America

Re-envisioning the FM website, becoming soldiers in the war for American’s future

Summary:  The FM website has changed in recent months.  This is an annoucement of that change.  This is what they call in serial fiction (e.g., TV,  comic books) a retroactive continuity (retcon). This site was born as one providing analysis.  It's readers were not satisfied, demanding solutions -- and rightly so.  After months of evolution, … Continue reading Re-envisioning the FM website, becoming soldiers in the war for American’s future

The first step on the road to America’s reform

This site has had many discussions about reforming America.   How to put us back on the path to security, prosperity, and freedom.  Recalling who we are.  The need is admitted by all, but the means -- the process of reform -- remains unclear. I have suggested several ways this can run, but none have been … Continue reading The first step on the road to America’s reform

The philosophy behind the legend of Batman

Summary: Like all myths, the Batman saga about the dystopia of Gotham City has a philosophy. Of course, it's quite dark. The popularity of these stories proves that they're a dark mirror showing that we sense the decay of our society as it drifts away from its roots. Here we turn for analysis of these things … Continue reading The philosophy behind the legend of Batman