Summary: Andrew Bacevich is one of our most acute political observers. In this essay he accurately describes one aspect of the rot affecting our politics. The solution he proposes reveal the deeper and more serious rot. There is a solution, if we have the will and wit to make it happen. "The Post-Cold-War Consensus … Continue reading Andrew Bacevich looks at America’s political rot and describes solutions
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 … Continue reading Watch “High Noon” to see why we don’t reform America’s politics
Summary: As US politics becomes a cacophony of lies and nonsense (now descending into street violence), we need to know that it can be better. This post reminds us of Saul Alinsky's famous "Rules for Radicals", which will work for any political movement. "Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from … Continue reading Our Right & Left have lost their way. Saul Alinsky points to a better politics.
Summary: Here one of the Left's top political analysts sketches out a path forward for the Democratic Policy after its well-deserved defeats during the past decade. While tactically sound, he ignores the two weaknesses that prevent the reform of America. "The Life of the Party: 7 Truths for Democrats" By Robert Reich. At his … Continue reading Robert Reich’s program to save the Left after a decade of defeats
Summary: We have hundreds of ideas for small reforms of America, but few for radical reform of the capitalist system that runs it. As a demonstration of this problem, Wolfgang Streeck gives a profound critique of capitalism and Adam Tooze one of the most powerful essays I have seen in a long time. This is part … Continue reading Wolfgang Streeck explains how to reform capitalism for a better 21st century