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Sometimes Dramatic Historical Events Are Perfectly Mundane

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
OMG! It's a miracle! In 1948 the country was at peace, the economy was growing, real disposable income was rising, and the incumbent president was re-elected! It's a miracle!

Sometimes I hate popular historians.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 9:39 PM

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I Suppose I'm A Novelist Now

Monday, September 26, 2011
If one's definition of being a novelist includes "writing a complete novel" and then " starting another one the next day." No I'm not published. No my first novel isn't fully polished, or even ready to be disseminated. There's still quite a bit of editing to do, and I've decided to let it sit a while so I can take a fresh look at it in a few months.

But I did it. It took two long, often frustrating two years, but I have a completed story. No matter what, I won't be one of those people with a half-finished novel sitting in a trunk in the attic.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 9:05 AM

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Obama Discovers Populism and Common Sense, Yay!

Monday, September 19, 2011
Or so everybody seems to think. Pardon me for being cynical, but I believe this more likely explanation is that Obama is just saying all of these things to rally his base and try to get re-elected. Once he is, I suspect he'll go right back to pursuing the neoliberal policies he was pushing before. You know, like every other Democratic president has done over the last generation.

It's frustrating that it's so difficult for people to realize that most candidates for national office, Democratic OR Republican, campaign to their left and govern to their right. We need to start holding these people accountable after they're elected. I don't care what Obama says - I care what he's done.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 1:43 PM

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I feel this way all the time.

Posted by Arbitrista @ 8:41 AM

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Underlying Political Dynamics

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
All other things being equal, the underlying political environment determines elections. Which means that 2012 is looking like it's going to be ugly ugly ugly.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 8:53 AM

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