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?”

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…

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      Recipe for a Donald Serving Size: 1 Litre Cooking Time: 4 Years 1,984 cals Directions: 1. In a large skillet, melt a generous portion of Jacksonian populism (clarifying, not necessary.) 2. Coat a yuuge slab of T Rex’s grandiosity with a glaze of Taft’s ample appetite. 3. On the side, whip up Wilson’s…… Continue reading a brief interlude, I

Drawing a Red Line: Mnuchin’s Racist Resume

From his time overseeing credit default swaps as a partner at Goldman Sachs in Manhattan to his job heading foreclosure filings at OneWest Bank in Pasadena, Steve Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, has been tagged by Sen. Elizabeth Warren the “Forrest Gump of the financial crisis.” The disclosure of OneWest’s pernicious foreclosure…… Continue reading Drawing a Red Line: Mnuchin’s Racist Resume