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Movie Review: Hyde Park on Hudson

(14) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 4:33 PM

The film Hyde Park on Hudson (also entitled The Royal Weekend in some foreign markets) may not make as much money for its producers as they expected. It was severely criticized here in the States where it was released last November. After viewing the film, it is obvious to me...

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The Challenge of an Ill-Defined Republican Party

(10) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 1:28 PM

European parliaments have long been subject to confrontations with far right-wing fundamentalist political parties. The German parliament is at present trying to declare the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party unconstitutional. Sometimes, these parties actually form a government, such as when France was defeated in 1940 by Germany, and the Vichy regime...

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A New Beginning... Is It Possible?

(16) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 1:45 PM

Speakers at the recent Democratic National Convention, including Bill Clinton, more or less acknowledged that President Obama muffed the opportunities offered to a new president in the first six months of his term. He blew the mandate given him in the election of 2008. The message of his campaign--the promise...

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Is American Politics Polarized?

(16) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Many Europeans have asked me what's going on in this presidential election, remarking that America seems to be polarized. Initially, immobilized seems the better word, but then I have to note that the Republican Party is polarized--Tea Party advocates vs. so called "moderate" Republicans.

Indeed the Republican Convention this...

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Austerity? Stimulus? Or Happiness?

(60) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Ordinarily the words "austerity and "stimulus" are used to describe a person's character and behavior. But now the words describe two divergent rescue policies for nations stricken with economic woes as Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland are today. These words also symbolize certain political leaders. "Austerity" rhymes with Angela...

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Austerity Policy Has Pushed Europe to the Brink

(67) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 2:27 PM

I discarded an earlier draft of this article as I felt that events were moving too fast in the eurozone for me to write sensibly. Now, upon rereading it three weeks later, I find that not that much has changed. The level of threat to the euro remains high in...

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Fixing Gross Inequality Is Not Socialism

(791) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 8:33 PM

What if the president proposed something big -- something that really focused on a broader question, such as the fundamental inequality in America? Well, surely, if he did so, he would be labelled a socialist! Not socialist as defined in the academic sense, or as the rest of the world...

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Why I Find Barack Obama Wanting

(73) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Who is Barack Obama? I don't mean what is his personal history such as he wrote in his autobiography, but who is he as a person? The Audacity of Hope, Obama's second book, gave me many insights into this man who wanted to be president and was then engaged in...

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No Rags, No Riches -- Finding a Fiscal Policy That Makes Sense

(446) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 1:44 PM

During my twelve years in the White House, circulating within that hot house of bustling politics, I met a lot of people. By the age of fifteen I was pretty jaundiced; I had met "everybody" -- from U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Broadway star Mary Martin. It wasn't that...

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What I Want From Candidate Obama: Action, Not Promises

(655) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 9:31 AM

Should we make a deal with Barack Obama, as Robert Reich suggested in a recent column? Reich set out some of the steps the president would have to promise to take in his second term so that we, the legion of disenchanted voters, can wholeheartedly support his re-election....

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Occupy Wall Street: "Action, and Action Now!"

(37) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 12:36 PM

These protesters -- who are not identified with either political party, who have, as yet, no agreed upon program, no manifesto, are not particularly "left" nor "right" and are dedicated to being peaceful (if given a chance by the police) -- must have given Washington's politicos pause. A movement without...

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Why Obama Should Stand By the Wall Street Protesters

(207) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 6:04 PM

For many days the media ignored the Occupy Wall Street movement, but they finally had to give in and report on it. The excessive actions of the NYPD helped put the movement on the map, and then, as the demonstrations spreading to other cities across America, the anger and frustration...

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The Joint Session: Boehner 1; Obama 0

(367) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 2:30 PM

What a set up for being one-upped!

Your advisers think they are clever to have you address a joint session of Congress at exactly the same time that the Republican Party has scheduled a debate -- with Rick Perry joining in for the first time -- purposely...

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"A Deficit in the Books of Human Fortitude"

(34) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 9:34 AM

Barack Obama is focusing on the wrong deficit. At the 1936 Democratic national convention Franklin Roosevelt, before going on to landslide re-election, said, "We are poor indeed if this Nation cannot afford to lift from every recess of American life the dread fear of the unemployed that they are not...

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The Absent Commander-in-Chief: Who's in Charge Here?

(996) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 4:07 PM

During World War II, when Franklin Roosevelt was commander-in-chief, I observed the president quite closely. I once joined him and Admiral William Leahy (first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) for lunch at his desk in the Oval Office. Just before I left for boarding school, I had lunch...

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Lust, Anger, Greed... and Capitalism

(690) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 11:10 AM

Lust, anger, and greed. We all know how wicked these passions are. In any religion, these are the weighty ones -- what the church I grew up with calls "cardinal sins."

But thundering about sins from the pulpit distracts us from recognizing that we were all born with "lust, anger...

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The Paranoid Style in Republican Politics

(231) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 12:31 PM

Richard Hofstadter made a big splash in his day with an essay entitled "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" (written in 1963 and then subsequently revised). The trouble with the title is that it moves us to thinking immediately of "them" -- rather than "us." In truth, we're...

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Whatever Happened to an Opposition Party?

(225) Comments | Posted July 2, 2011 | 3:59 PM

Prominent in the move toward democracy for European countries was the feeling among their citizens that their governments had little or no tolerance for the opposition. Slowly, the rights of opposition parties became firmly defined, often leading to the ouster of the government in power. More recently, the citizens of...

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When We Can't Count on the Banks or Our Congress

(168) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 1:15 PM

When I was young -- or perhaps I should begin: Today, when the old community values no longer seem to exist...

Looking back, when I grew up, I absorbed from my family the notion that bankers and financial advisers were persons of integrity. One assumed they worked by professional...

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Why Obama Should Play the Blame Game -- Like FDR

(467) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 12:13 PM

When I write about Franklin Roosevelt, my grandfather, I generally avoid comparing him to President Obama. However, especially since the Democrats' debacle in last November's elections--a sharp contrast to FDR leading the party to substantial gains in his first mid-term election in 1934--I feel a searching comparison could be useful...

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