Saturday, February 8, 2020

winter 2020

See the site home page for the current update.

I continue to immerse myself in leading news, as usual; but that doesn’t cause me to want to discuss it (otherwise as if tracking isn’t wearying enough).

I especially don’t want to give space here to commenting on the political pornographer who’s being properly contained by good professionals who minimize the harm he wants to do by letting him believe he’s doing anything constructive. But I relent, this time:

A recent study of the golf club king, Unmaking the Presidency, has an especially apt analogy to share, which the NYTimes reviewer notes:
Using the metaphor of Trump pressing all the buttons on a dummy switchboard that’s been disconnected, the authors write: “Trump himself doesn’t even seem to know, or even care, that the buttons no longer do anything. He cares mostly whether he is perceived to be operating the switchboard in a commanding fashion.” [review here]
But the accurate image of a bozo playing king is part of a “reality” show which has gotten as obscene and pathetic as the typical bully in high school (which is also the maturity level of The Donald’s sense of belittling others).

Frightening is not only that the GOP establishment applauds the mobster, but that they, as well as Trump, are beholden to voters who applaud bigotry (even overt racism), show fealty to debasing others, show admiration for hucksterism, enjoy self-serving arrogance, cheer contempt for principle, ignore conscience, and identify with ignorance.

Feb. 9 | Last week, the academic journal International Affairs published an analysis titled “Immature leadership: Donald Trump and the American presidency” (free online), which was difficult for the author because “Trump’s psychology is so unique, and so akin to that of a small child,...” says the Abstract. Yet, the author (a professor of international politics) begins his article more directly: “... almost all his biographers, even his acolytes, describe him in terms one would use for a toddler.”

So much news, so little time; thus, one may be grateful for nutshells (after the 15 second ad).

Then, after the laughs, back to defining a progressive pragmatism which inspires Democratic voters.

Jan. 25 | Offline immersion continues.

The death and remembrance of PBS News Hour founder Jim Lehrer occasioned
a posting about journalism, integrity and public education. Implicit is my con-
viction that democracy is an ideal that depends on educational leadership in all modes of public life (government, media, business,...), in order to better enable the ideal to be better actualized.

The best ideals are never fully actualized, because “the more perfect union” never reaches perfection in evolving. Evolving society also advances its ideals (e.g., better broadening of what is built well, better building in light of broadened higher quality of life).

Everything evolves, relative to the integrity of everyone (an endless hope).

Jan. 4 | I had an elaborate update in mind a week ago; and worked toward that. But it got too elaborate for a few paragraphs. So, I'm not going to do anything here this week—maybe not this month.

My work is going very well, yet it draws me into intensive solitude which feels contrary to brief posting. However, I expect a flow of shared ideas to begin in a couple of months, if not earlier, and to continue through the year.