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I am not a subject. I am a citizen

I never considered the distinction between those two nouns until I read Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931-1945, by Richard Overy. In laying out every detail leading to and encompassing World War II, Overy tells us that the … Continue reading

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What “strongmen” can’t do

Tolerate dissent. Because of which they won’t hold open elections. (As my father pointed out years ago, if a political leader is as popular as he claims, he can prove it by having an open election — not one rigged … Continue reading

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Today, Paul Krugman published a Times column analyzing why the “strongman,” as typified by Putin, is so admired and desired by the current GOP. I learned something about this “strongman” thing years ago, while in a taxi heading to JFK … Continue reading

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