Author Archives: thefifthwave
I want to point readers of this blog to Noah Smith’s generous review of The Revolt of the Public (ROTP), posted a couple of weeks ago. I would characterize the piece as “critical engagement” – for an analyst, the ideal … Continue reading
Over the past month, protests have swept across France. What began as an objection to the fuel tax became violent displays of general outrage. These are the surface symptoms of a deeper crisis of authority in Europe’s political order. The … Continue reading
Today is publication day for the new edition of my book, The Revolt of the Public. In a gorgeous design by Stripe Press (see above), with upgraded images and graphics, this new edition includes a foreword from Arnold Kling and … Continue reading
In my recent travels in the Southwest, I visited Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, site of the most complex and astonishing pre-Columbian civilization in North America. My guide was Tori Myers, an archaeologist from nearby Salmon Ruin (whom I would wholeheartedly … Continue reading
The Curious Schism Between Trump and Trump How is one to think of a president who is unfit for office in his rhetoric and presentation yet mainstream in his policies and actions? I speak, of course, of Donald Trump. Who … Continue reading
For those who prefer image to text, here is the video of my presentation to the Hannah Arendt Center’s conference on “Crises of Democracy” at Bard College.
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, New York, recently sponsored a conference on “Crises of Democracy: Thinking in Dark Times.” I attended as a presenter, but stayed on for the entire two-day affair. Discussions were lively and free-flowing, particularly … Continue reading