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Chaucer & a Trump-Enabling GOP

For a story that captures GOP readiness to believe all that Trump says, there’s Chaucer’s “Merchant’s Tale.”

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Wycherley Describes Self-Deceiving GOP

In Wycherley’s “Country Wife,” self deception defines the society. The parallels with Trump’s GOP are startling.

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Doubling Down on Trump’s Lies

Defending Trump’s lies is like covering for Sam Spade’s implausible story in “Maltese Falcon.”

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