John Locke, Closet NeverTrumper?

The fissures that led to the crackup of modern conservatism run deep. The most visible sign of this reality was the election of Donald Trump, which pitted certain elite conservatives against the majority of conservatives who make up the Republican base. Elite NeverTrump conservatives, who argue to this day about the president’s supposed

By | 2017-10-16T20:09:56+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

‘Dances With Daffodils:’ Staying Sane in an Insane Age

It’s a commonplace that we live amid a communications revolution. With the Internet and smartphones, a few keystrokes propel a person’s views—however sublime, salacious or ridiculous—reverberating around the globe. Which, if you spend two minutes on Facebook, you know is doomed. What to do in an epoch of disproportionality, wherein any and every

By | 2017-10-14T19:49:28+00:00 October 14th, 2017|

The Nominees for Best Hypocrite in a Documentary Are…

Hollywood’s favorite plotline is when the little guy (or girl) triumphs over the powerful. Whether it’s a curious secretary, an intrepid reporter, or a low-level government bureaucrat, Hollywood has made gazillions of dollars selling a narrative that anyone can take down the evil rich guy, his abettors, and the entire power structure around

By | 2017-10-12T10:25:27+00:00 October 12th, 2017|

Pulp Fictions: The Weinstein Women’s Award

It’s the year 2200 and women everywhere are lining up to win the prestigious Miriam Weinstein Women’s Award, a gift bequeathed by the noted philanthropist and women's rights activist, Harvey Weinstein. The award is selflessly named after the philanthropist’s mother as a symbol of the hardships of women past. The name Weinstein is

By | 2017-10-12T10:04:34+00:00 October 10th, 2017|

More American Carnage

It’s too soon to comment in any detail about what happened at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night in Las Vegas. There’s too much we don’t yet know, and too much of what has already been reported doesn’t add up. But it’s clear that what President Trump has called “American

By | 2017-10-03T12:36:21+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|

Roy Moore Won by Speaking for the Middle Class—Just Like Trump

According to reports, President Trump went to bed “embarrassed and pissed” after learning that he had backed a loser in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary. One can hardly blame him. At the urging of Republican wise men (try not to giggle) the president threw all of his substantial influence behind Luther Strange: He tweeted

By | 2017-09-29T13:38:22+00:00 September 29th, 2017|

Womansplaining the Women’s Vote

I have always liked Michelle Obama. I admire her personal story and respect how she conducted herself as our First Lady. I find her smarter, more authentic, and more good-humored than her husband. Although I strongly disagreed with her school lunch program and wrote about it extensively, I always prefaced my criticism by

By | 2017-09-28T09:26:55+00:00 September 28th, 2017|