MacBoris: a fragment from a lost play about power and nihilism

Discovered recently among the manuscripts of the great modern dramatist Willie A. Shamspeaker: Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrowCreeps in this Brexit pace from year to yearTo the last Parliament of recorded time;And all our Tory pols have misled BritsThe way to paupers' deaths. Out, out, brief Johnson!You're but an Eton Con, man - a creeping …

No Reasonable American

The latest mass shootings by home-grown American terrorists come during a massive corruption scandal at the organization popularly known as No Reasonable American. Thus┬ásome hope (though we've been here before) for legislative movement against self-militarized airheads without background checks having easy access to battlefield weapons. In the course of reading about this I discovered the …

Nasty journalism

What with global warming to worry about, and Syria, and the Sixth Extinction, we really shouldn't be spending any of our attention on what Donnie Darko said about Meghan Markle, or vice versa. But a small amount of attention is necessary in this case, for the sake of both fairness and the language. (Also, it …

Those who would be king

Authoritarianism is on the rise ... measurably. Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton has said that one of the most fundamental determiners of your life's good or ill fortune is whether you live under a transparent, democratically biddable government, or under an opaque and corrupt one. In a world that seems to be full of pitiless …