I am an essayist, opinion columnist, and political analyst.
U.S. Contemplates Civil War
It is the ultimate national taboo, at once wholly unimaginable and utterly terrifying to consider. It is an outcome so horrific it is said that it’s dangerous even to discuss, lest its dark sorcery somehow manifest through words, and ignite the real thing. It is a literal national suicide.
A Portrait of ‘American Carnage’
It is the crack running along the length of our national foundation, and perhaps the single most divisive issue in our thoroughly divided politics. It is a tool used either to convey death or to protect life, depending on whom you ask. Guns first turn Americans against one another, and then give us a way to express our seething rage.
The GOP is a Magnet for Con Artists
As recently as only a few years ago, the more conspicuous charlatans of a certain uncouth variety were kept at a degree or two of friendly remove from the mainstream in America’s conservative political hierarchy. All that lying and grifting tends to attract ugly lawsuits and negative publicity, and so the classic American snake oil salesmen were mostly relegated to the sidelines at the highest levels of the Republican Party.
The Cold War Between Writers & Entrepreneurs on Medium
In the spirit of the zeitgeist, I suppose I'll just jump right into the maelstrom, and join the circular meta discussion that's taking place across Medium, and enter the conversation that has in large part replaced the many other much meatier topics that were once explored more fully on the site, i.e. meaning literally anything that is not about Medium.
Will Donald Trump Escape Justice?
An op ed in the New York Times today summed up the grim mood among Democrats regarding the DOJ’s apparent inaction in pursuing federal investigations into former President Donald Trump, and his coterie of criminals in and outside of government for their various roles in the sustained and ultimately lethal attack on American democracy last year. As federal indictments and prison sentences pile up for rioters, the author of the attack remains untouched. It reeks of politics.
The Nightmare of a Supervirus
I was endlessly fascinated by viruses when I was growing up. I remember reading Richard Preston's classic chilling account of American virologist's battling ebola in Zaire in The Hot Zone. I first read that book on a packed airplane, and it dawned on me at one point that I was sharing air and germs with about 400 other human petri dishes at that very moment.
We're Hurtling Toward Another Trump Presidency in 2024
The way things are going, I'll be shell-shocked if Democrats are able to hold their majorities in either the House or the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections, and it looks as though 2024 is going to be a Republican coronation ceremony rather than an election. This becomes more likely the worse Democrats do in the midterms, in a cyclical bit of self-fulfilling political destiny.
What Does Vladimir Putin Really Want?
As Vladimir Putin masses military materiel and hundreds of thousands of troops along the Russian-Ukrainian frontier, the Russian leader is threatening to engulf the remainder of sovereign Ukraine, following his 2014 seizure of Crimea. The West is trying to understand the black hole at the center of the Kremlin’s opaque decision making, and it is failing miserably. Like a Matryoshka doll, the answer is hidden just beneath the surface.