A Lesson Unlearned

Ninety-nine years ago today, America, in an epic demonstration of naive, puritanical folly, went dry. It took 13 years to recognize that folly and undo Prohibition. In that time, the only “success” was found in the criminal underworld, where the enormous...

Losing Our Humanity

The shitstorm over Trump’s shit hole remark is remarkable because of its predictability. No, I don’t speak of the vulgarian-in-chief’s routinely intemperate ways. I refer to the reactions and counter-reactions, which have become as predictable as the...

About Those Shitholes

Today’s installment of the Trump side show is the sturm-und-drang around his alleged description of Haiti and some African nations as “shitholes,” in regard to a proposal to offer special protections for immigrants from those countries. Trump...

Performance Plus

History is replete with broad ripples caused by a single act by a single person. Gavrilo Princip, Lee Harvey Oswald, Rosa Parks, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, an unknown man in Tiananmen Square, Thich Quang Duc, John Wilkes Booth, and countless others changed world...