• Fallen Walls

      I studied the weather for four days before making a break for the south, slipping between the winter storms along ice packed roads wreathed with snowflakes across sun-glazed plains in the direction of the Salt Lake Valley where much of the snow had evaporated under a stiff north­westerly wind and horses and cattle at… Read More

  • L’Affaire Markle

    The British monarchy is not glamorous, nor is it intended to be. It is ceremonial; not at all the same thing.  The British public is devoted to its royalty as an institution, and to the Royal Family themselves. But it does not look to them as a source of  vulgar entertainment. Instead it sees the… Read More

  • Il Miglior Comunicatore

    A revealing moment occurred last night on “The Story,” when Martha McCallum put up on the screen  a pair of TV clips in sequence. The first showed  Ronald Reagan, the Republican candidate for president,  speaking on October 19, 1980 on the need for strength as a prerequisite for establishing and maintaining peace; the second President Donald… Read More

  • Il Miglior Comunicatore

    A revealing moment occurred last night on “The Story,” when Martha McCallum put up on the screen  a pair of TV clips in sequence. The first showed  Ronald Reagan, the Republican candidate for president,  speaking on October 19, 1980 on the need for strength as a prerequisite for establishing and maintaining peace; the second President Donald… Read More

  • Waterloo Next Time

    The term “rogue state” is an invention of neoconservatives and neoliberals alike. A more honest and direct one is “criminal state:” for examples, the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran. The instant incineration of Qassem Soleimani on the direct order of President Trump was exactly what the situation called… Read More

  • The Curse of Politics

    Blessed are they who live in a non-political age, insofar as there is any such thing. Aristotle, who defined man as the political animal, would have denied the possibility. Perhaps the curse of Cain is responsible. The model polity, in terms of domestic politics at least, should be economy as the Greeks understood the business:… Read More

  • Enclosure

      Late in the afternoon of the day before the final day of elk season I parked the truck and trailer above Blue Jay Creek north of Krall’s ranch and rode into the mountains against a cold wind and the lowering sun. In spite of having been kicked on the cannon bone in her off… Read More

  • More at Sea; Arrival at Southampton Docks a Half-mile from where Titanic Sailed

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  • The Real Neoliberals

    The events surrounding the British general election on December 12 and the impeachment of President Trump last week greatly clarify the political situation in the Western so-called democratic countries–the so-called Anglosphere most of all perhaps– at the end of the first two decades of the 21st century. Just as the interior of the modern cruise… Read More

  • Home From the Sea

    My apologies to subscribers for the silence of the past week. WiFi aboard ship was unable to handle photos and videos, and in London we lost contact entirely with Verizon. Below are pictures of the North Atlantic Ocean in mid-December, as Queen Mary 2 rode out a week of gales and one violent storm. At… Read More