Category Archives: Politics and Economics

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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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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Woody in the Post

Paleo Retiree writes: America’s very own Maoist Cultural Revolution gathers steam: Allen frustrates people because he seems to relish dancing on the edge of the outrage. There’s nothing criminal about an 82-year-old’s fixation with 18-year-olds, and it’s not whip-out-your-penis, button-under-the-desk … Continue reading

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Wither Representative Democracy?

Fenster writes: Quillette magazine is always thought provoking and what good would a thought provoking publication be if you didn’t disagree with it from time to time? Here’s a piece from Quillette defending representative democracy and criticizing the populist urge … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Revolution in Hollywood

Fenster writes: We have serious excesses of male power and energy on display. And we have a pushback in which can be seen some of the wisdom of Madame du Deffand when she told Voltaire that women are never stronger … Continue reading

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