Entertainment, Civics and the War on Women

“If I had two faces”, Lincoln said “would I be wearing this one?” For those who sat through the multiple hour stump speeches and debates of the 1850s, the wit of Honest Abe was endearing, the humor a symbol of intellect, the comic relief an indication of humility. Entertainment and civics, in short, were complimentary. But is the entertainment aspect of today’s politics anathema to good civics? Donald Trump is, Hugh Hewitt says, “the id of America.” I don’t know about that, but these latest chauvinistic remarks do prove Camille…

Leaderless Culture: Why Scott Walker will be the 2016 loser

America in 2015 is all about smartphones and clickbait, a degeneratively autistic culture. The promiscuous fascination with novelty has reached the political sphere. The political primaries, overweighting the political nerds as they do, were supposed to be an exemption from this! I am told that this is about authenticity, the raw realism of angry old men cutting through the focus group tested mush in a world of dozens of public relations spinners for every real journalist. They are leading some real, populist anger, I am told. Well. There is no…