Blue Collar Liberalism

Harper’s Magazine, December 2013 Harper’s continues to espouse an ethos that fits well in the jeans and work shirts of the laboring class. This cuts against the grain of most progressive thinking in the early days of the twenty-first century, but who’s to say they’re wrong? Thomas Frank bemoans (slightly) the political gentrification of Chicago,…

The Dark Side of History

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States   I don’t often give movie reviews this degree of treatment, but Stone’s  story here is an ultra-long documentary, and it’s somewhat important for what it accomplishes. In the movie’s preamble Stone professes to be disturbed by what’s been left out of any commonly held history of…

Irrationality and its Pitfalls

Magic and  Mayhem, by Derek Leebaert     In the democratic model of citizen/government relationship, those in governmental power are charged with representing the interests of the people in a reasonable, rational way. Leebaert, in this book-long essay, goes to great lengths to examine the irrationalities that the U.S.’s leaders have foisted on us via…