The existential theat to existentialism

Sam Smith - As a real existentialist, I am repeatedly befuddled and also a bit annoyed when public figures such as journalists use, as they do increasingly, the term "existential" as an adjective presumably meant to mean, "listen up, this is real serious" - as in "ISIS presents an existential threat to our way of … Continue reading The existential theat to existentialism

FUNNY BOOKS

Sam SmithMost Washington journalists graduated with degrees in the humanities or social sciences. As a result they are easily conned by the numbers that buzz like mosquitoes around the capital or just don't bother to question them.For example, some time ago, Washington pols discovered the decade. You take whatever figure you like or don't like … Continue reading FUNNY BOOKS

Retrieving the Democrats’ reason for existence

Sam SmithJOHN EDWARDS has done the Democrats an enormous favor. He has retrieved the party's reason for existence from the attic where it has been stowed lost and forgotten for some four decades.What Edwards does with the discovery remains to be seen, but the mere removal from storage of the populist notion that Democrats are … Continue reading Retrieving the Democrats’ reason for existence

Retrieving the Democrats’ reason for existence

Sam SmithJOHN EDWARDS has done the Democrats an enormous favor. He has retrieved the party's reason for existence from the attic where it has been stowed lost and forgotten for some four decades.What Edwards does with the discovery remains to be seen, but the mere removal from storage of the populist notion that Democrats are … Continue reading Retrieving the Democrats’ reason for existence