OPINION | The Trial of Donald J. Trump: America’s Moral Imperative

It has been 856 days since the afternoon 32-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered by a white supremacist who drove his car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. It’s been 857 days since Donald Trump proclaimed that there were “very fine people on both sides”, referring to the group who chanted “Jews will not replace us!”. Continue reading “OPINION | The Trial of Donald J. Trump: America’s Moral Imperative”

Truth in the Trump era…and why the president hates it

In the 1992 film, Sneakers, the most chilling scene is as our hero, Robert Redford, slowly assembles tiles from a Scrabble game to spell out the phrase “TOO MANY SECRETS”. As it turns out this group of intrepid security experts have discovered a computer program able to hack any computer system. The scene ends with Redford lamenting, “No more secrets”, a more prophetic social commentary than any Orwellian future. In the Trump era, the future is now. Continue reading “Truth in the Trump era…and why the president hates it”

Why Now?

April 4, 2017 Photo of the day. Photo Credit Benjamin Applebaum

Over 2000 years ago Plato asked what turned out to be the most prophetic question in modern politics. Philosophy majors will remember Plato’s allegory of the cave. “What if you believed that the shadows you saw on the walls of the cave was reality, when in fact it was not?” This of course was the premise of 1999’s film, the Matrix, where our hero is given a choice—take the blue pill and live in the ignorance of the “make-believe” world around him, or choose the red pill to see the world as it really is. In light of the current administration which pill would you take?

Trump once boasted that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and “shoot somebody” and not lose any votes, to which his voters applauded. On June 21, during Mr. Trump’s most recent campaign style rally, the president defended his reasons for having almost committed the moral equivalent. Again the crowd applauded. Continue reading “Why Now?”