Tuesday, March 01, 2022

I Didn't Totally Blow the Months Off, Either

I thought I'd take less than two months be blogging here in 2022, but I have been sending in my monthly op-ed commentary pieces to the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (this month's is on its way later this week) for my editor Thomas L. Knapp, for whom blogging less than once a day is partially blowing the month off.

Friday, January 01, 2021

More Troubles, More Twitter

 A decade ago today, I joined Twitter.

Then I waited a month of "figuring out how to use it" to blog about joining Twitter.

Then I spent a couple years neglecting blogging while figuring out how to use Twitter.

Then I spent more years neglecting both blogging and Twitter. Sometimes on Facebook, sometimes just not posting much online at all.

But I'm still here... and there.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Man in Black Smart (Queen of Queens Smarter)

While tickets are available for the Queens Drive-In's screening of Men in Black, I may as well blog my letter to the editor from back in April about the cosmic classic, and how the real-world Queens borough hopefully is more exemplary of its populism than its simultaneous distrust of the populace.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Sneak Previews are 2020

Today's film-industry headlines, as foreseen by Premiere magazine 21 years ago:

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A, My Name Ain't Archie

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Alex P. Keaton's favorite economist with Leonard E. Read favorite tool
Someday, I'll get around to elaborating on how everything wrong with American politics is that it's in the image of All in the Family rather than Family Ties, but for now, I have a letter championing Alex P. Keaton over Archie Bunker that made it to the editorial pages of the Queens Chronicle.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Monopoly: Snake Versus Giant Octopus

My "Small Business Versus the State" went up over the weekend at The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism.  This is the first time I've contributed a column to comrade Thomas L. Knapp's news commentary project since 2018, but we're gearing up for more to come.

Saturday, February 22, 2020


Before Doug Henwood announced yesterday that his venerable mailing list described as a "forum for the discussion of economics, politics, and culture from a broad left perspective" was shutting down, I admit that I was unsure whether lbo-talk was still going, with so few messages hitting my inbox that I was genuinely unsure whether or not it had quietly vanished. (The website for the Left Business Observer it was named after tersely notes that periodical ceasing its increasingly erratic publication seven years ago, and the actual content hasn't been updated since Barack Obama's candidacy.)  Yet while he insists that "lbo-talk has said enough" and is enough of a Marxist to quote Karl that "Last words are for fools who haven't said enough" I am enough of a foolish Bakuninist to note that, as moribund as it was in its later years, its extensive archives offer a lively chronicle of the early-Internet left through the Battle of Seattle, 9/11 and beyond.

Both the content and the style offer many lessons for younger comrades who only know a slicker but inhibited Internet dominated by corporate social media giants like Facebook and Twitter. And that includes comrades far outside the realm of stereotypical hard leftists and their fellow travelers, given that the old threads even contain some kind words for Reason magazine's Nick Gillespie and Jesse Walker, Ayn Rand scholar Chris Matthew Sciabarra, or Lew Rockwell of The Mises Institute (who was even on Henwood's radio show back in the days when George W. Bush provided a common enemy).  To quote another sort-of-Marxist leftist's famous last words, "Don't waste any time mourning," but some time spent in lbo-talk's archives may lay ground for its successors (well, besides the one it already has).