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Perspectives–Fascism Lite: The “Ur-fascism of Donald J. Trump and Company

Perspectives–Fascism Lite: The “Ur-fascism of Donald J. Trump and Company

Perspectives: Fascism Lite: The ‘Ur-fascism’ of Donald J. Trump and Company  Things to read: “On Message” by Lewis H. Lapham: From Age of Folly: America Abandons its Democracy (Verso, London/New York, 2016). “Containing Trump” by Jonathan Rauch: From ‘The Atlantic’, March 2017. “How to Build…

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Political Lynching and the Popular Mob: Donald J. Trump Against the Central Park Five

Political Lynching and the Popular Mob: Donald J. Trump Against the Central Park Five

Perspectives: Political Lynching and the Popular Mob: Donald J. Trump Against the Central Park Five  Reading and Viewing:  “New York: Sentimental Journeys” by Joan Didion, The New York Review of Books, January 17, 1991. The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding by…

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This Morning is Flag Day June 14, 2017:  Another Mass Shooting.  Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra

This Morning is Flag Day June 14, 2017: Another Mass Shooting. Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra

Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2017) On Nine-Eleven George W. Bush “awoke” to a reality he defined in the coming months as Good against Evil, with the “evil doers” a set (never precisely…

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South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion (Alfred A. Knopf, New York 2017) “California Notes” began as an assignment from ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Didion never wrote the piece, but she collected a large number of notes,…

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Perspectives: Sorrows of the Digital Age:  The Age of  Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain by Eric Kandel

Perspectives: Sorrows of the Digital Age: The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain by Eric Kandel

Perspectives: Sorrows of the Digital Age or, Communication absent Faces, Hands and Bodies—the Un-Social Network. One can only ponder the scene: The family gathered at the dinner table, each of the five, or six, or seven, staring down at a screen. One, maybe, involved with…

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The Coming Anarchy/Earning the Rockies:  Two by Robert Kaplan

The Coming Anarchy/Earning the Rockies: Two by Robert Kaplan

The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War by Robert Kaplan (Random House, New York, 2000) Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America’s Role in the World by Robert Kaplan (Random House, New York, 2017) In the February 1994 issue of The…

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Trump and Me by Mark Singer—-Flash!!!  Yes, he was just as bad back then.

Trump and Me by Mark Singer—-Flash!!! Yes, he was just as bad back then.

Trump and Me by Mark Singer, Foreward by David Remnick (Crown, Tim Duggan Books, New York 2016) In the foreward to this splendid retrospective (a “profile” published in The New Yorker Magazine in 1996) describes the particular problem posed by Donald Trump. He was “beyond…

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Vegas: Memoir of a Dark Season by John Gregory Dunne

Vegas: Memoir of a Dark Season by John Gregory Dunne

Vegas: A Memoir of a Dark Season by John Gregory Dunne (Random House, 1974) One day John Gregory Dunne woke up to the realization that he was terribly unhappy. Married to the brilliant writer Joan Didion, they lived in Los Angeles, wrote for the movies,…

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Perspectives:  Stabilizing Capitalism by Creating Zombie Comsumers:  One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

Perspectives: Stabilizing Capitalism by Creating Zombie Comsumers: One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society by Herbert Marcuse (Beacon Press Edition, Boston, org. published 1964 pb.)  I read One-Dimensional Man as a philosophy student at the University of Kansas during the mid-1960s. As a reader of Hegel, Marx and Freud,…

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Second Look Books: One-Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

Second Look Books: One-Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society by Herbert Marcuse (Beacon Press Edition, Boston, org. published 1964 pb.)  I read One-Dimensional Man as a philosophy student at the University of Kansas during the mid-1960s. As a reader of Hegel, Marx and Freud,…

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