How to respond to the Two Bobs

I'm seeking advice today about an ethical dilemma being posed this week to me and to thousands of others who work for America's largest newspaper chain. We're being asked to "track our time" minute-by-minute. You may be familiar with this task — the nadir of 20th-century corporate management techniques — due to its indelible portrayal [Read More...]

People power in Egypt

I know almost as little about Egypt as I do about Tunisia, so I'm still not sure what we're watching unfold, or if it makes sense for me to feel somewhat like I'm watching 1989 all over again. Heather Hurlbert suggests "Five Things to Understand About the Egyptian Riots," and I suspect she's right about [Read More...]

Playoffs and rocking chairs

The big game is tonight, the college football national championship. No, I don't mean the contest between Oregon and Auburn for the chance to declare themselves "national champions" without ever facing undefeated TCU. I mean the bona fide championship game for I-AA in which the University of Delaware's Fighting Blue Hens and the Eastern Washington [Read More...]

"Pro-Family" means anti-families

It's a new year, so it's a new chance to harp again on one of my pet peeves — the evasive abstraction of the so-called "pro-family" agenda of the so-called "pro-family" groups. These groups sometimes announce their "pro-family" stance by stating their allegiance to "The Family" right there in their name — Focus on the [Read More...]

It never stops

The residents of the Appomattox Mobile Home Park in Hopewell, Va., have until Saturday to clear out their belongings: For most residents at the Appomattox Mobile Home Park, the news came as a surprise: On Oct. 29, each tenant received a notice ordering them to leave the park within 30 days. No reason was given, [Read More...]

Getting laid off is not the same as getting fired

Getting laid off is not the same as getting fired. That should be particularly obvious, as for the past three years America’s economy and the economy of many other countries around the world have been shaped by mass lay-offs and not by mass firings. But yet this confusion persists — particularly on right-wing talk radio, [Read More...]

Crabs in a bucket

Here is a remarkable finding from a recent Gallup poll. Americans were asked to rate a series of issues before the final session of this Congress as "Very important," "Somewhat important" or "Not too/Not at all important." "Passing legislation that would keep the estate tax from increasing significantly next year" was rated as very important [Read More...]

‘The politics of envy’

JB: Let the one who has two tunics share with the one who has none. RWT: That's what I'm talking about! That's the politics of envy. JB: I don't see what envy has – RWT: I've got two tunics and you've just got one and now you envy me! JB: I used to have two [Read More...]