Teddy Roosevelt gave us the Imperial Presidency through sheer force of will.
As we move from the era of Imperial Populism into the Comedy of Errors, ponder the lasting influence of a coalition now seventy years old has on the American Right: The components were more than usually incompatible. The foreign policy hawks really needed the patriotic solidarity that the New Deal
I listened to Orson Scott Card’s Empire [Amazon affiliate link] as an audiobook when it came out. I remember how devilishly hard it was to find audiobooks back in 2006. Now, there is a surfeit of riches when it comes to popular books done well. I remember being a
This is one of the rare blog posts of the Long View that gets into something more interesting than just the controversies of the day. If you were to do a network analysis [which I have considered doing] of John’s internal hyperlinks, the essays and reviews he cites here
This is the money quote, John Reilly paraphrasing John Lukacs: If you believe the author, the president of the United States is one of the two monarchs remaining in the world; the other is the pope. The presidency differs from the papacy in that its operation is becoming increasingly medieval.
* The 15th-Century Monk Who Crowdsourced a Map of the World A really fun map, and as the article reluctantly notes, not especially credulous about the tall tales travelers shared. * How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons I've linked stories on Uber's evil genius
The George W. Bush versus John Kerry election in 2004, as described by John here, is a very interesting foretaste of things to come. Bush is described, accurately in my opinion, as a cheerleader for the war in Iraq launched in 2003, while Kerry was interested in the details but