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Reflections On Joe Biden’s Withdrawal

Joe Biden has pulled himself from the 2024 presidential election at last. This is the predictable time for Democrats to praise Biden for his courage, as though hanging around months too long, effectively doing everything humanly possible to hand the election to the man he has been saying was going to end democracy and usher in an authoritarian future for America, were some...

Antisocial Reflections

Small talk is for killing time or manufacturing artificial familiarity. My personal motto, or self-motivation mantra, is “I don’t waste time,” and few things are more intrinsically repulsive to my character than artificial familiarity. Therefore, small talk is anathema to me….

Job Conditions

Imagine you are an ambitious career man being offered a prestigious executive position at a major corporation. You learn, however, that the last man who had that job was ordered by the boss to violate the fundamental law of his country, his personal principles, and a solemn oath sworn on the Bible; that the boss not only announced this demand to the whole...

Random Reflections After the RNC

I watched approximately thirty seconds of the Republican National Convention live on the internet. The first fifteen of those seconds were devoted to a careful examination of the first half of a sentence by Donald Trump’s former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The second fifteen second block was my intensive study of the vice presidential nomination speech of J. D. Vance, which only...

A Lonely Boy Hiding Behind The Front Door

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting at Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Pennsylvania, there has been a lot of talk, on both sides of the false dichotomy that declares itself the whole truth of American politics, about how crimes like this are the “result” of the alarmist and life-or-death rhetoric that characterizes political speech today, the only debate being over which side...

Republican Convention Prime Time Special!

Have tongue, will shine shoes.– I was seeing the red headline at the top of my internet homepage all morning in Korea, alerting me to “live coverage” of the Republican National Convention, available at the touch of a “click here.” Finally, quite late in the morning, which I presume means near the end of the evening’s fermented festivities in Milwaukee, morbid curiosity got...

First and (Probably) Last Musings on the Trump Shooting

The fatal shooting at Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Pennsylvania — the state to which Barack Obama was referring when he spoke of the uneducated underclass “clinging to their Bibles and their guns,” interestingly — is the kind of moment in American politics that tends to crystallize divisions, blur rational judgment, and send the media (all forms) into seizures of exploitation mania. I...

Hollywood Has Spoken

George Clooney, a grinning celebrity who has never done a single thing in his career as a popular entertainer that will be remembered, let alone celebrated, beyond his space-occupying, mega-carbon-emitting lifespan, but who was given a Hollywood star gold pass to the nefarious Council on Foreign Relations and is therefore officially qualified to speak about political matters as though he had some kind...

Reflections On Being In The World, Part Two

My country, wrong.— There are broadly two ways to criticize one’s own country. The first is to despise what it was and is, and desire its replacement with something else. The second is to despise what it has become — that is, what it has been replaced with — and lament the loss of what it was or ought to have been. I...