Tag Archives: electoral politics

Snakes, Ladders, and National Disunity

Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children” gives us profound insights into the forces that divide people–Indians as well as Americans–and also offers solutions.

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Praise that Would Undermine Trump

Ben Jonson describes malicious praise as praise that undermines while appearing to lift up. Maybe the GOP establishment should start praising Donald Trump.

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Lewis Carroll Describes the Caucus Races

The Nevada and Iowa Caucuses were chaotic affairs. Caucus races are no less chaotic in “Alice in Wonderland” and it is just as difficult to declare a winner.

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Raymond Carver & Trump’s Enablers

Raymond Carver’s chilling story “Why, Honey?” captures the dread inspired by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency. It also captures the enabling behavior that led to Trump’s rise in the first place.

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Trump: The Man Who Wasn’t There

Many thought that the GOP debate this past week was won by Donald Trump. Think of him as the man who wasn’t there but who refused to go away.

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Ted Cruz–Dark and Satanic?

When NYT columnist David Brooks called Ted Cruz “dark and satanic,” he was referencing a Blake poem. But although the allusion is apt, it struck most people as weird or offensive because they didn’t recognize the source.

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E. W. Jackson, a Modern Day Bounderby

Virginia lieutenant governor candidate E. W. Jackson appears to be attempting a fraud worthy of Dickens’ Josiah Bounderby.

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