The Art of the -Gate

A different version of this article appeared in The New Republic on May 16th. And so it seems we do have Dick Nixon to kick around some more. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, Jr., once again and in force, the shade with the five-o-clock shadow returned to haunt…… Continue reading The Art of the -Gate

On Syria and Confusion…

This essay was first posted on Intellectual Takeout : We were warned. What would happen? Who could we trust? In the era of fake news, “alternative facts,” insult, and innuendo, when the time came…who was to be believed? In the fog of war–even of limited war and tactical skirmishes–the truth splinters into half-truths, conflicting conclusions, and incomplete…… Continue reading On Syria and Confusion…

Letter to the Editor, New York Times: On “What Was Lenin Thinking?”

Dear Editor, In Tariq Ali’s April 3, 2017 editorial in the New York Times, Mr. Ali wove together a good story of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s Russian ascent to power. Yet Ali’s nearly hagiographic essay is not even really about Leninism but a simplified take on Marxism. Ali’s Leninism (Marxism) reads as a singular, coherent idea whose…… Continue reading Letter to the Editor, New York Times: On “What Was Lenin Thinking?”

A TRUMP FOR THE PEOPLE: the first of two essays re-evaluating the 2016 presidential election

The dust has settled on the 2016 presidential election and many conclusions have been drawn as the first draft of history is all but written. The New Republic called it the “Democrats’ Biggest Disaster.” The Washington Post wrote of the “Decimation of the Democratic Party.” But wait, before the ink dries, let us consider, just…… Continue reading A TRUMP FOR THE PEOPLE: the first of two essays re-evaluating the 2016 presidential election

Trump, Conflicts and the Business of Bananas

To many (most) it has come as a surprise that the United States has no laws instructing the president to de-conflict his business ventures that overlap his duties as commander-in-chief. No laws mandate the selling off of foreign investments. No laws demand the transformation of companies into blind trusts…