Way back in March of 2008, as the campaign was running in high gear, I made clear that while I wasn’t in love with the Democratic frontrunners, the emerging alternative was worse: […]
Legal, but not constitutional: how the government is weasel wording the public about Edward Snowden and the NSA
The Edward Snowden/NSA/PRISM uproar continues, and in the argument over whether or not he’s a Real American Patriot or your basic criminal vigilante the whole fucking point is getting lost. In fact, […]
Prediction: Snowden/NSA case guarantees that the 2016 campaign is going to be weird, infested with irony
Edward Snowden’s status has rapidly transformed from “anonymous consultant drone” to “popular hero,” hasn’t it? In an age of cheap convenience, bread and circuses, the complete cooption of government by the corporate […]
How do we earn loyalty? Or lose it?
Should I remain loyal to the men and women in the three branches of that government who have shown more loyalty to self and self-service than to the electorate? The ousted director […]
Security vs privacy: RadioLab and the case for the surveillance state
We all love freedom and the Constitution. But is it really that simple? I’m a huge fan of a good debate. And by “debate” I don’t mean the sort of ginned-up scream-lie-and-spinfests we […]
A contrarian’s disheartened view of loyalty
As I age, I increasingly ponder loyalty. Most of us, I suspect, have an understanding of it. Perhaps it’s a feeling that we’d crawl through burning oil and run across broken glass […]
It’s SchadenFriday! Who really got theirs this week?
Sadly, nobody really. Surprising no one, I’m sure, it can be terribly difficult to find tales of people who actually get the full spectrum what’s coming to them. That’s the degree of […]