Today: Looking for Mr. Good Jobs, The Nation vs. The Globe, Amazon is China, and A Comic From The Before Time, In The Long Long Ago
For libertarians the case against modern conservatism is that its free market values are incompatible with other traditionalist values based upon religious belief. For conservatives the case against libertarians is that no one wants to be a libertarian.
Due process is about the relationship between the state and a citizen in terms of the former’s authority and the latter’s rights. But the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing has nothing to do with a clear, definite understanding of due process. The confirmation process is a political, not a legal procedure, slapped together by Congressional staffers. The stakes may be high in this process, but there are no rules established by law to govern them. General notions of “fairness” may be more appropriate when discussing how Kavanaugh should be treated, but “due process” isn’t required to be one of them.
What if every hyperreal public moment of Omarosa’s has been part of a limited hangout? What would that look like? What’s its purpose? I contend that it would look very much like what we’ve seen thus far--real in some sense, contrived and coordinated in a much deeper sense such that it’s more real than real. Even more so if we consider how she threatened April Ryan, one of the few prominent black reporters in the White House briefing room, like a scene from a BET reality show. Or that weird fiasco where she brought her wedding party to the White House, like a scene from a BET soap opera.
I re-read "Is Enron Overpriced" every now and then because McLean is a very fine writer with a clear, effortless voice and a flare for weaving facts into a compelling narrative. And because ours is a world in which many emperors wear no clothes but can convince us they’re robed in the finest silks. Also because there will always another Enron out there, lurking just beyond our unexamined assumptions and our greed.
Which senior official wrote this op-ed is less important than the possibility that any senior official inside this administration could have written it. On the flip-side, Cabinet Secretaries lining up to say “I didn’t do it” like antsy first-graders adds another layer of paranoia and absurdity to the Trump White House vibe.