The three pillars of any democracy are the rule of law, transparency, and a functioning civil society. Over decades, all three of these pillars have been chipped away in the people’s House. […]
21 expert climate scientists refute Monckton’s House testimony
On May 6, 2010, Christopher Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley, was invited by the Republican members of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming to present testimony that contradicted over […]
It's the witchcraft, stupid!
The revelation that Delaware Republican Senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell admitted to dabbling in witchcraft should not come as a surprise. In fact, it explains everything. The only real question is what constitutes […]
Conservative groups running issue ads with corporate money: how to hang this albatross around the GOP's neck
I read via the AP today that the two conservative groups founded by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, have raked in so much money from donors that […]
The Pope, Taxation, Competition and Managing the Economic Crisis
Economic crisis destabilises jobs and incomes but also undermines the tax base. Governments lack the means to sustain entire nations on their own. Trying to explain declining benefits and rising taxes to the Internet generation is tetchy. They find such long-term complexity boring and politicians are as adrift as the Pope, explaining ancient concepts in a new world.
Review: Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
I recently completed my fifth trip through Joseph Ellis’s indispensable Founding Brothers. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2001, the book provides one of the best all-around glimpses of the […]
Peering into the Housing Abyss
The New York Times had an interesting article yesterday about the unpleasant prospect facing the Obama administration on housing. The specific problem is that the administration is pretty much out of policy […]
Nota Bene #116: Long Live Elena Pavlichenko
“I think women rule the world and that no man has ever done anything that a woman either hasn’t allowed him to do or encouraged him to do.” Who said it?
For a political rookie, a devolution to abhor and avoid
A young Afghan war veteran, whose family has lived in my district for eight generations, wishes to be my next representative in Congress. He would succeed the imploded former Rep. Eric Massa, […]
South Africa's assault on freedom and property – should anyone in the rest of the world care?
“Instead of standing aggressively behind the status quo, dressed in the cloak of the fourth estate, they need to talk more about responsibility, more about the importance of ethics, more about improvement […]