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Ideological Justification


In recent decades, American politics has been dominated, at least rhetorically, by a battle over the size of government. But that is not what the next few decades of our politics will be about. With the frontiers of the state roughly fixed, the issues that will define our major debates will concern the complexity of […]

Rational


We believe we are rational. We use logic to confirm it. We ignore the circularity of our arguments. How do we drop defensiveness? We live in a tumult of fear and anxiety. There is a gap between our beliefs and what we know we are hiding from behind those defenses. We are at least in […]

History


I’ve long had a sense that the story of the Twentieth Century is hidden behind the stories the Twentieth Century’s inhabitants told about themselves. Let’s get right to the point. World Wars, I and II, were not what they appeared. Actually, they were more what they appear and less what was so shrilly repeated about […]

Political Failure, a Clarification


There’s a critical piece missing from the last post. That is, what does political failure entail? If we look at it from within the assumptions of “the game,” the conclusion that what is needed and inevitable is a grand failure will be misunderstood. Saying that any one leader, any one party should fail, is just […]

On Responsibility


Another post I’d like to recommend. On Responsibility from cricket7642. My friend shared a memory with me, from years ago, of a doctor she once met. Something he had said at the time has stayed with her all these years: people, he reflected, talk about their rights and responsibilities, but really “we have only responsibilities.” Wonderful […]

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