The Art of the Lie

  If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. If you didn’t know that quote came from Joseph Goebbels, you might think it originated with Donald Trump. He is using time tested principles developed by Freud’s son, Edward Bernays, and refined by Hitler’s propagandists, to […]
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Royal Blood? Really?

  I suppose the love affair the media seem to be having with “royalty” is no more bizarre than the fan frenzy some performers inspire. But, personally, I cannot get my head around the idea that an individual with no unique physical, mental or spiritual assets should be set upon a throne and showered with […]
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As America Falls Apart

Things fall apart, the center cannot hold… William Butler Yeats could have been describing a vision of America’s impending future when he wrote “The Second Coming” back in 1919. These United States are drifting apart. We the people no longer share a common cause; we have become mesmerized by our own narrow self interest. As […]
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What a Poppy Show!

  Do you think Trump reads my blogs? I know, I know, he doesn’t read,  he just watches Fox News. But he is doing what I suggested a while back. He’s talking amicably with Kim Jong-un instead of hurling insults and threats at North Korea’s Dear Leader. Of course, he is doing it all wrong. […]
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What Now in World Trade?

  Trump’s tariff war on America’s longtime trading partners leaves the global market in a state of flux. What do you think will happen now? There is retaliation of course, and there will probably be escalation. And…? Trump’s position seems to be that America is such a great consumer market that other countries must accept […]
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Why Don’t I Just Leave?

  A reader (using the pseudonym of “Chris”) wants to know why I don’t just go back where I came from instead of staying to criticize America. It’s a refrain often heard today as xenophobia sweeps this ailing nation. And it deserves an answer. The short answer, in my case, is that I think the […]
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When Women Roar

Was Rudyard Kipling right when he declared that “the female of the species is more deadly than the male”? As a famous female used to say, “You betcha!” Kipling cites examples among wild animals and he could have found even more in the insect population – black widow spiders, praying mantises and the like. He […]
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A Spreading Mob Culture

  I believe that a mobster occupies the highest post in the land. I believe that he reveals his mob roots with the tweets he writes, the lurid threats he utters, the lies he concocts and, especially, his administration’s brazen corruption And I see this culture spreading across America like a deadly infection. An all-too-obvious […]
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Ruling by Divine Right

  Long, long ago, some people argued that  kings derived their authority  from God and could not therefore be held accountable for their actions by any earthly authority. King Charles I of England was one of the true believers, and it got him beheaded. It’s hard to believe that in today’s America, this old fairy […]
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South China Sea Drama

  What is China up to now? Why risk armed conflict with America by militarizing the South China Sea? It seems surprisingly counter-productive. For decades the Chinese have stealthily bought up the globe. They have acquired  significant real estate assets in the US and Canada – even attempting to purchase entire communities. They have economically […]
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