nav-left cat-right
cat-right

Corprotocracy and Net Neutrality

So this is how corprotocracy works… Look at net neutrality. The FCC is looking to make some new rules that will allows some very large corporations make billions of dollars off of some large and a lot of small companies. The stakes are high: as I said, billions of dollars. The Trump-appointed FCC chair is trying to ram the new rules through to overturn the rules put in place during the Obama era. The agency has, by...

Simplify government?

It’s not clear to me that with the complexity of modern life we can actually make do with less government. And in a purely anarchic system, it is the large/strong that prosper at the expense of the rest. I’m not saying that the outcomes of the current system ought to be defended. But a system a lot like the one we have seems necessary to the society we have developed. The question is how to run it for the benefit...

The leakiest administration in history

So glad that we don’t have to guess why Trump fired Comey. Thanks to the leakiest administration in history, everyone in the room told the NY Times, within a day of the event. “Mr. Comey’s fate was sealed by his latest testimony about the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election and the Clinton email inquiry. Mr. Trump burned as he watched, convinced that Mr. Comey was grandstanding....

Conservatives and character

Flynn has been in the news a lot recently, as conservatives rally around their guy, and more and more of his flaws surface. Obama fired Flynn because he was insubordinate and unstable. Apparently, he has a habit of lying as well as ignoring the rules around national security if it meant big paydays from foreign dictators. But other than that I’m sure he’s a great guy and a real American. Once upon a time...

On the Comey firing

So this Comey thing is interesting. By all objective standards he crossed a line (several, actually, including last August and October) and deserves to be fired. And the process of firing him appears to have been deliberate and legitimate. But it is Trump doing the firing, and Trump (and those around him) likely have ulterior motives. So that confuses things. If nothing else, we live in interesting times.