Obama

An article run by BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News on February 9th, 2010 read “Obama: I Don’t Begrudge JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs their multi-million dollar bonuses”, quoting Obama as saying “I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system.” This of course led the…

Populism Left and Right

The Citizens United opinion handed down by the Supreme Court in January gave corporations a much greater freedom to spend on elections, which in turn produced a tidal wave of sky-is-falling concern on the left, especially throughout the progressive blogosphere, about the political impact. A Marxist acquaintance wrote me and others following the opinion under…

“In event of moon disaster”

Gawker posts today “a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had to explain to a nation that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were going to die on the moon.” The post includes an image of William Safire’s original text for the contingency speech, titled “In event of moon disaster”: http://gawker.com/5369364/william-safires-finest-speech