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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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

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

#Trump vs. #professionalism

The other day I was reading this article in The Washington Post, an opinion piece headlined "Don't underestimate Trump." It was written by a former Hillary Clinton campaign adviser. It opened with a remarkable anecdote about the Clinton campaign's reaction to the leaked Access Hollywood tape where Trump bragged to Billy Bush in 2005 how he… Continue reading #Trump vs. #professionalism

Is Putin winning? Or just laughing?

Everyone who watches the news knows that this week (which isn't even over yet) has been the Worst Week out of many worst weeks for President Trump. Blood is in the water. White House staff is panicked. The #TrumpRussia investigation has entered a new phase with the appointment of a Special Counsel. The cover of Time magazine shows the White… Continue reading Is Putin winning? Or just laughing?