Coming from the Funeral of the Law

87th St and Columbus Avenue, New York

Is it just me or shouldn’t the pardoning and sentence-commuting of swamp criminals give some of the President’s supporters a queasy feeling? When he said he would drain the swamp we thought he meant purging it of corruption, not plucking the corruption out for renewed service.

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Verso Books, Brooklyn, New York

My high school classmate, Richard Lachmann, at Verso Books on Feb 12th, expounding on his new book, First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship, a sweeping analysis of imperialism and hegemony in the capitalist age and the inexorable decline of American hegemony as our oligarchs extract what they can. I love the infinite regress of the screen behind them showing itself. Is this a metaphor for something?