Author Archives: Fenster

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

Zero Days and Russian Meddling

Fenster writes: If you haven’t seen Alex Gibney’s excellent 2016 documentary Zero Days you should.  If you have you will recall it recounts good, bad and ugly aspects of cyberwarfare as practiced by America on others, and the risks of … Continue reading

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Wonton Speculation

Fenster writes: Citizenship increasingly resembles a night at the movies.  Better yet, an obscure foreign art film without subtitles.  Better yet, a foreign miniseries with multiple plot lines and seasons, each uncertain climax leading us not to clarity but to … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Russian Meddling

Fenster writes: Let’s stipulate the meddling.  The amount spent was minuscule and the effort undertaken paltry. The only way it could have sown discord is if we did it to ourselves. Maybe those evil Russkies are clever enough to know … Continue reading

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Mueller? . . . . Mueller? . . .

Fenster writes: Most of my friends are liberal, which in the current era is to say progressive, which in the current moment is to say increasingly illiberal about a lot of things.  A closed mind seems to many to be … Continue reading

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Elites and Private Virtue

Fenster writes: Nils Gilman writes: Perhaps the most insidious threat facing Western democracies has been the progressive decline of elite accountability and responsibility. “Today’s elite is more talented and open but lacks a self-conscious leadership code. The language of meritocracy … Continue reading

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Under Construction

Fenster leaks: A map of the proposed Cryptomall of America, due to open in November, indicating anchor tenants as of January 1.  Subject to rapid change.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Fenster writes: Consciousness is such a given that one would not think to consider it as a problem.  It is just there.  But the fact that it is there, and what it means that there is a there there, does … Continue reading

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