Tag Archives: Democracy

Venezuela’s Zombie Election

Two years ago I wrote about a suicide. A sad, bitter, rueful blog that went viral, capturing the desperation of a prescient people who saw clearly what was coming just over the horizon. The timeless tides creating currents that follow … Continue reading

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Deneen and the Defense of Culture: on “Why Liberalism Failed”

I recently returned home from a business trip. West Africa, Istanbul, Bangkok, Paris and back to West Africa. It’s appropriate that my journey started in West Africa, from whence Robert Kaplan twenty-five years ago warned us of the ‘coming anarchy’, … Continue reading

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War and The Quiet American

War mixes everything up. Or maybe everything is already mixed up and war just jumbles it around. Love and lust and vulnerability; ambition and power and youth. Ideologies and instincts, all shaken together and served upon a platter before a … Continue reading

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Politeness and our Struggling Democracy

A few years ago, on what is popularly called our “baby-moon” (that special trip you take with your wife before the hurricane descends in the form of a squealing, squeaking, energetic little boy who these days sits at the dinner … Continue reading

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Sorry, You’re Not a #Resistance

Words matter – they transmit meaning to help us make sense of the world around us and communicate our intentions and fears and needs to others. Consequently, one of the things that frustrates me most about the US over the … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Moment of Madness

I wrote this a while back for InBrazil – I thought I’d reblog it here. “But what can I say about a country that experiences a near miss? Like a distressed man who, in an act of madness cuts his … Continue reading

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Election 2016 – What Most People Still Don’t Get

I went back again to the “Flight 93 Election” article the other day as I was writing another post, and re-read it. This quote stuck out, “They want their pet ideas adopted—tax deductions for having more babies and the like. … Continue reading

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