Credit: Mario Sánchez Prada.

The folly of the masses has replaced the wisdom of crowds as the dominant theme in polite discourse... All that really remains of liberalism is fear of the future.

John Gray diagnoses us as post-liberal, and reminds us that the middle class has thrown in with despots as often as with democracy.
↩︎ New Statesman
Nov 8, 2016

Democracies have dynasties, too

Hereditary rule wasn't exactly on the agenda at the framing of the Constitution. But If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, two families will have ruled America for 24 of the last 32 years. (This would have been guaranteed if Jeb Bush had prevailed in his primary.)

Then again, politics have always been a family affair in the US: half the first Congress served alongside a close relative. From the 19th-century Adams to the Udalls, Bushes, Murkowskis, Kennedys, and even the ascendant identical Castro twins, the tendency continues for Americans to elect families, perhaps because their names act as brands to orient voters through our thicket of elections.

Nov 8, 2016

A quick tutorial on some of the ways in which the democratic process can go wrong.

It’s certainly instructive to look across the Atlantic at the increasingly spiteful and vulgar Presidential election in America—a race to the bottom in which, over a matter of weeks, one of two deeply divisive individuals will be elected Head of State. Who could sensibly want to replace what we here enjoy with such a system?

The Brits still think they're better than us.
↩︎ Spalding Today
Nov 8, 2016
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