Tall Tales, Whoppers and “Post Truth”

I must admit that I am somewhat mystified by what has happened in public political discourse in Maine and around the country in the last few years.  Apparently, an environmental blogger named David Roberts gets the credit for creating the phrase “post truth” to describe today’s political and public discourse. When I first heard “post truth” used, […]

An American Fantasy

“Totalitarianism in any guise always represents not the result but the defeat of human reason, the cowardly retreat of human beings from real problems in the real world; it is an atavistic flight from responsibility into a dream (or nightmare) world of paranoid fantasies.” (Robert Goldston, “The Road Between the Wars: 1918-1941″, Dial Press 1978) […]

My Fellow Whitebreads

Not too long ago my son, for reasons which I must admit elude me, had a DNA test done to see what his genetic ancestry was.  One of the outcomes of that test was to determine that his father was 99.9999% northern European.  I could have told him that without the testing but he wanted […]

First Friend or President?

One of the puzzling parts of this Presidential election season, already almost subsumed in odd and disturbing words and actions, is the agonizing taking place over whether or not Hillary Clinton is a “nice” person.  Efforts to make someone running for President sound like your normal, average, nice guy started with President Harrison’s campaign when the effort […]

Whack a Mole

As we struggle to come to terms with new forms of how we share information one of the more frightening responses has been a tidal wave a governmental and cultural repression from both ends of the political spectrum. Whether it be from governments, such as China, Russia, Kenya, India or the USA, or from demographic […]

Frustration Knows No Boundaries

“I’m mad as  hell and I am not going to take it anymore!” is a rather well known line from movie of many years ago.  Today as people and pundits scratch their heads over Bernie’s Burn and Donald’s March Through Democracy the one thing that seems clear is that the US body politic is suffering […]

Minding the Store

Generally, the idea that government should be run like a business is a canard.  The measuring sticks for success or failure in government are substantially different, the products less readily defined, the market fragmented and more difficult to understand. There is though, one basic element shared in the work of government and business.  There is […]

The Death of History

Today there was yet another story about a college out west somewhere that planned to dismember and bury its history department.  The removal of any history requirement from the college curriculum is so common place now that only rather obscure academic journals pay much attention to it.  One of the final candidates in the run […]

Political Theater Extraordinaire

Strap in. Buckle Up. Seat Belts Fastened.  You will not be able to escape it.   Try as you will, unless you completely unplug, don’t read a newspaper, magazine or any other printed piece for the next ten months we have entered into a Twilight Zone of politics and it will run you down and […]

TMI? Leverage it.

What do we do when we are submerged, awash and drowning in information.  When television, streaming boxes, newspapers, magazines, emails, blogs, tweets and twits clamor at us from every corner. Well, we do a number of things and most of them are not particularly helpful to our personal or political well being. Probably the worst […]