Citizens United in Delusion

“Take money out of politics.” That’s always the prescription. But you can’t get money out of politics until you take money out of society.

It’s My Party and I’ll Conflate If I Want To

Ever since Donald Trump became president, Democrats have taken to equating the fate of their own party to the fate of American democracy. In a two-party system, the logical conclusion is that this is profoundly undemocratic.

Work Remotely As a Cop

Police departments are having trouble recruiting new members. Many unemployed people prefer to work from home. Now there’s a solution: work as a cop, from home!

Perhaps You Were Unclear on the Meaning of the Term

A winter storm, labor, shortages, and outdated computer systems caused Southwest Airlines to cancel thousands of flights over the winter holidays. Travelers reported that other airlines, instead of helping out, raised their prices to take advantage of the situation.

I Spy for the FBI

Adam Fox, 39, faces 16 years in prison for his role in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Do you feel safer? Should your governor feel safer? Probably not. Along with his fellow “co-conspirators,” he was lured by an undercover FBI informant without whom the plot would never have gotten off the ground, much less been executed. As the FBI has done in the past, and will certainly do again, they are getting credit for going after fake criminals, while real ones get away.

At Least This Will All Be over Sooner

Average life expectancy in the United States has been falling for the last couple of years in a row. That’s typically a sign of a society in decline. Don’t expect anyone in power to wake up soon though.

“Regulated Capitalism”: a Fairy Tale

Capitalism is corrupt, but its defenders say it can be regulated to become less savage. History shows that the tendency of power and money to aggregate and be monopolized in fewer hands makes the dream of regulated capitalism impossible.

24th Time Is a Charm

From the classified documents he took to Mar-a-Lago to New York State business fraud charges to Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump’s demise has been predicted too many times to count. We will believe it when we see it.

Now That It’s Too Late to Do Any Good

For many decades, Black Americans have been sentenced for many more years in prison for using crack cocaine while white people have gotten lighter terms for using powder cocaine. Now that’s about to change – just in time for white people to get interested in crack.