The Decline of Ideas

In the second half of the 20th century, the United States underwent a fundamental political shift. Traditional party loyalties weakened. Ideological identification gained preeminence. The Grand Old Party became the party of the Right just as the party of FDR and JFK turned to the Left.yet today that great historical pivot toward ideological stratification between…… Continue reading The Decline of Ideas

The Sorrows of Old Verlander

A car with two men pulled up to Justin Verlander’s penthouse apartment in downtown Birmingham. They parked. It was a Thursday at just about 11:30 pm, August 31st. They were coming from the Detroit Tigers’ central office, sent by General Manager Al Avila, with papers for the Tigers’ long-time star to sign. After a year…… Continue reading The Sorrows of Old Verlander

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…