Good lord take a couple hours for dinner and bedtime and whole ass damn episode of my show breaks out in DC.
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7 Jan
The United States has an active faction of political leaders whose fidelity to democratic elections is 100% contingent on whether they win. This is an intolerable threat that must be squarely faced.
The people who raided the capitol last night ought to be punished. But they are foot soldiers. The real threat to the republic is an axis of political leaders (Trump, Cruz, Hawley etc) and right wing media outlets (Fox, OANN on down the line) who have whipped up the storm.
The thing, for me, that is crucial to understand about this moment in American history is how much it is powered by lying. Non-stop lying. The lying, misinformation, and disinformation is *the* salient point.
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13 Nov 20
I've gotten a few people asking for my thoughts on Turchin + Cliodynamics theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
I’m sympathetic to the project. Whenever I work on problems like “what are revolutionary conditions” or “why do Empires fall apart,” I’m basically doing the same line of inquiry. SBTS has a clear conceit of “similar prevailing factors” being of valid interest.
But let's be clear. What Turchin/cliodynamics provides is an interesting potential tool with a few limited applications. It's not solving, superseding, or replacing history. It's not even really history.
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24 Oct 20
Re: Good Dads, a thing i think about occasionally is most of the rulers who were overthrown in all our various revolutions had plenty of redeeming qualities—personally and professionally.
By all accounts Charles I, Louis XVI, Nicholas II were all devoted husbands and fathers. Loved their kids. Loved their wives. And were in turn loved by their wives and kids.
They were also, in their own ways, fairly conscientious about the jobs they had to do. They might be oblivious, pig-headed, blunder-prone fools, but they *wanted* to do a good job and did actually care about their subjects.
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24 Oct 20
After all this time, I finally got to have a COVID test this morning.
I now feel like I know what my brain tastes like.
My level of French is currently rated at “successfully explain to the nurse that I need the test as part of pre-surgical checklist and have her pull me out of the giant-ass line and take me to the front as a priority”
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