Donald J. Trump is a fascist. Or, Oops! Some of you voted for a fascist.

Comparisons of Trump and Hitler started appearing fairly early in this election cycle. Those comparisons were not very deep, but they might have been accurate. When you compare Trump and his movement with similar movements from the twentieth century (including, but not limited to, Hitler’s), you might arrive at an unfortunate conclusion: Trump is leading…

politics 2016

It’s been about five years since I published an entry for my blob, which I produced partly as a creative outlet and partly as a way to force myself to learn some blogging platforms. I guess writing blogs and other similar things for work has left me less eager to spend free time on these…

on vinyl

Vinyl is back. Have you noticed? Sales are on the rise for old-fashioned LPs (which stands for “long-playing” records, in case you’ve forgotten). Current bands are issuing vinyl versions of their latest recordings, and local record stores (to the extent that they still exist) are raising the prices of old discs so they can capitalize…

on population

  In 1798, an Englishman named Thomas Malthus published his “Essay on the Principle of Population.” According to Malthus, a population will continue to double itself every 25 years through reproduction. The problem with this geometric growth is that the resources required to support the population (especially food) can only increase arithmetically. At some point,…

the single-income family

The housing market remains in the toilet. People (like me!) can’t afford to buy a house nor can they (or we) get loans easily. Why can’t we afford a house? Because houses are still too dang expensive (at least in this part of the country) and many of us don’t have a sizeable enough down…

on fraternity

The American and French revolutions occurred years apart, but they drew on the many of the same European Enlightenment values. In France, three of those values became central themes of the French Revolution—liberté, égalité, and fraternité. In America, liberty and equality became inscribed in some of the key documents of the Revolution (you remember… “life,…

q and a

What is a blob? It’s a collection of things—words, images, audio, video, or whatever. It’s amorphous. Sounds like a blog. It’s not. Blogs are passé. They’ll come back again, just like Adidas and Lacoste and Moog synthesizers and round-frame glasses and the Great Depression. But a blob is something different. What topics will your blob…