The Fox & the Hedgehog: a Unified #TrumpRussia Theory

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.                                   Archilochus, 700 B.C. I had a brainwave. I won't bury the lede: I have what I believe is an original theory of Trump and Russia in the… Continue reading The Fox & the Hedgehog: a Unified #TrumpRussia Theory


I found my empathy for #Hillary

I find Hillary Clinton fascinating. I really do. I don't agree with most of her politics (both her public positions and her process for achieving goals), but I think she's incredibly interesting. I think she embodies a particular strain of American strivers, the ones who practice an aggressive form of in-the-box thinking: "so that's the game,… Continue reading I found my empathy for #Hillary

Why did #Hillary call #Putin a “white authoritarian leader”?

On "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday, there was a remarkable exchange between Jane Pauley and Hillary Clinton. PAULEY: Are you surprised, though, that many of your countrymen actually might share Donald Trump's admiration for Vladimir Putin? CLINTON: I'm surprised, and I'm deeply disappointed because what they're looking at is a white authoritarian leader who has murdered… Continue reading Why did #Hillary call #Putin a “white authoritarian leader”?

Why can’t America have a pony, #Hillary?

Chelsea Clinton on her pony in Arkansas. From Hillary Clinton's Instagram. Maybe you saw the new excerpt from Hillary Clinton's new book What Happened where she "owns" Bernie Sanders with a joke she saw posted on Facebook about Bernie raising unrealistic hopes among the Democratic base. Hillary mentions incrementally more ambitious Sanders programs for infrastructure and… Continue reading Why can’t America have a pony, #Hillary?

The death of consent

The New York Times Sunday edition came out with a remarkable editorial today. 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

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