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Bringing It All Back to the Donald

David Stockman / May 13, 2019

There’s a very good piece of advice I’ve often found useful: ‘Never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence.’ – Arthur C. Clarke, 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997) ... Read More

Game of Tariffs

David Stockman / May 10, 2019

Let’s compete freely. Goddam tariffs! Free trade and free seas – that’s what’s right! – James Clavell, Tai-Pan (1966) ... Read More

Today in “It Was Always a Bad Idea”

David Stockman / May 9, 2019

It is not often that you see life and fiction take each other by the hand and dance. – Lawrence Thornton, Imagining Argentina (1987) ... Read More

Bubblevision’s Visionary

David Stockman / May 8, 2019

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Read More

It’s a Matter of “When”

David Stockman / May 7, 2019

Europe today is a powder keg and the leaders are like men smoking in an arsenal. A single spark will set off an explosion that will consume us all. Read More

The Donald Pokes the Red Ponzi

David Stockman / May 6, 2019

Sooner or later every war of trade becomes a war of blood. – Eugene V. Debs, “Speech of Sedition,” June 16, 1918(1794) ... Read More

A Coup in Imperial Washington

David Stockman / May 3, 2019

And it grew both day and night. Till it bore an apple bright. – William Blake, “A Poison Tree” (1794) ... Well, there’s a new bad cop in town, and his name’s Bill Barr. Read More

In Plain Sight

David Stockman / May 2, 2019

Potyomkin indeed decorated existing cities and villages, but made no secret that this was a decoration. – A.M. Panchenko, “Potemkin Villages as a Cultural Myth” (1983) ... Read More

The Magic of Another New All‑Time High

David Stockman / May 1, 2019

Sorcery is the sauce fools spoon over failure to hide the flavor of their own incompetence. – George R.R. Read More

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