Category: Politics

“Great!” My New Satire of America

I’ve started writing a new book, a broad satire of American Values. Working title: “Great!” Some will find my portrait of a country gone off the rails a bit dark, the comedy too black, the irony too on-the-nose. But in times like these, when a megalomaniac with narcissistic personality disorder doesn’t even have to take all...

Draining the Los Angeles Swamp

Although most of us are acquainted with one or two reasonable and intelligent people who, on Election Day, found a way to rationalize their fears and resentments into a vote for a genuinely vile person, Los Angeles, by and large, didn’t go for Trump. We like to think we’re “better” than that. As he and...

Frightened Families, Vulnerable Schoolchildren and Gelson’s Good Name: The Gardner Street Fiasco

Imagine the unimaginable. Imagine this ludicrous scenario: Imagine if someone showed up at your front door and told you in the coming years he intended on using the yards in your neighborhood as his new toilet facility. Because he likes the location. This stranger, dressed in a bespoke suit and grinning cordially, doesn’t ask permission...

President Trump and Beyond

Shock. Disbelief. Catatonia. We’ve observed various forms of post-traumatic stress disorder manifested in Hillary Clinton voters, very few of whom seem able to process the idea that the fiasco we witnessed unfolding in slow-motion was an election, not a coronation. We’ve heard the tearful confessions: “I’m speechless.” “I’m frightened.” “I’m so upset I think I...

A Tale of Two Sillies

We have two friends who don’t know each other and couldn’t be more unlike. One identifies as a “progressive” concerned with social, economic and environmental justice. The other identifies as a capitalist-libertarian concerned with immigration and security. The second friend, call him “S,” has been  a vocal supporter of Donald Trump from the start of...

Thomas Frank’s “Swat Team”

If you don’t subscribe to Harper’s magazine, you might have missed Thomas Frank’s must-read essay, “Swat Team: The media’s extermination of Bernie Sanders, and real reform.” After our nation has gone to the polls, “choosing” between two horrible candidates that represent nothing remotely salutary, it’s important to remember that once, not long ago, we had a...

Why Green?

Because the only war we should be fighting is against Climate Change and our own selfishness and greed. Because the two Money Parties — Republican and Democrat — are cancers on our republic. Because bloodless, consensual revolutions are always better than bloody ones. Because “family values” and the “rights of the unborn” should include future...

Voter Guide for the Lazy and Disgusted, 2016 Edition

Four years ago, that notoriously smart egg Mrs. Konik voted for Jill Stein. This election cycle, we’re catching up with her prescience and good sense. We’re voting Green. Enthusiastically. Casting our ballot for someone whose values are closely aligned with ours — as opposed to the lesser of two corrupt charlatans intent on making war...

Councilmember David Ryu’s Leadership Problem

On July 14, the Parks & Open Spaces committee of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council (HHWNC) considered the future of Runyon Canyon Park. Public comment was heard on whether or not the HHWNC should recommend the immediate termination of the Memo of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Los Angeles and a euphemistically named...

Chance for Peace

Did you hear the latest hippie rant from Bernie Sanders? Or maybe it was Jill Stein. This is what was said: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed....