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Guns and capitalism

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On February 22, 2018
The NRA exists to increase the profits of America’s gun makers. It does so by constantly stimulating the market for guns, which, as in the case of so many other consumer goods, is dominated by the behavior of the tiny percentage of Americans who buy an enormous percentage of the item in question. While around […]
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A man acquainted with sorrows

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On February 20, 2018
This meme is currently all over Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, and whatever else the kids are into these days. You would think that presenting Donald Trump’s spiritual journey to the White House as a kind of contemporary hybrid of the biographies of Jesus Christ and the Buddha would be a bit much for even the American […]
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Mass shootings as media events

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On February 15, 2018
These are some preliminary thoughts on the latest massacre. (1) By the standards of nations with advanced economies, the United States is an extraordinarily violent place. The current annual murder rate in America (5.3 per 100,000 in 2016) is three times higher than that in Canada, five times higher than that in Sweden, Denmark, and […]
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Just one of those crazy coincidences I guess. Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump. In the most detailed explanation of the 2016 payment made […]
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