The death of consent

The New York Times Sunday edition came out with a remarkable editorial today. https://twitter.com/nytopinion/status/876369897638551552 The remarkable part wasn't that they called upon President Trump to declare his agreement with the US intelligence community assessment on alleged (and it is, in actual fact, only alleged, albeit by very serious people who should be taken seriously) Russian… Continue reading The death of consent

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A Separate Peace

No, this isn't about the tearjerker John Knowles novel. It's about that question of the day, "what does Putin want?" And a separate peace is also something I think is becoming more likely based on recent events. My thesis is: Russia's leadership, and to a large extent the Russian population, want to reach a separate… Continue reading A Separate Peace

I suspect Putin is considering not running for re-election

It's very hard for me to put my finger on why I suspect this, but I've had this gut feeling for some time that Vladimir Putin is seriously weighing whether or not to run for re-election in 2018. I decided that with Putin's annual Q+A session coming up on Thursday, I might as well throw… Continue reading I suspect Putin is considering not running for re-election

Jim Comey and the Too Much Democracy Argument

Jim Comey, the Quintessential Expert With Poor Judgment Jim Comey is the perfect example of how an expert, particularly one who has extremely high regard for himself and his own expertise, can fall into a trap of mistaking one's own superior knowledge for good judgment. Comey is an expert on the law and on the… Continue reading Jim Comey and the Too Much Democracy Argument

Trump’s Inverse Wolfowitz Doctrine

It's official: Germany hates Trump. Across the whole German political spectrum, Germans have denounced Trump. The grievances are many: Trump has demanded that NATO countries, and Germany (NATO's second-largest economy) accelerate defense spending to meet the agreed target of 2% of GDP, which Germany has resisted, saying it prefers to focus on diplomacy and international… Continue reading Trump’s Inverse Wolfowitz Doctrine

#Hillary channels her inner #LouiseMensch

  Yesterday Hillary Clinton appeared onstage at the Code tech conference in California. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgdJlzuaJ6k She took questions from two journalists who joined her onstage, as well as questions from the audience. And of course she was asked about her defeat in the 2016 election. Anyone who follows Hillary in the news would expect that she'd… Continue reading #Hillary channels her inner #LouiseMensch

The US and Russia are structural adversaries

Before writing this post I googled the term "structural adversaries" to see whether I'd coined it. I didn't. But generally it means what I thought it should mean: people or entities that are bound to be adversaries by virtue of the system in which they exist. If you ask most Americans today why Russia and… Continue reading The US and Russia are structural adversaries