Eddie tensed his muscles, then feeling himself shake, let go.

“I’ve told you to be still.”

Mr. Lamb lifted the three inch wide leather strop from the side of the barber’s chair.

“I’m not going to tell you again.”

Being still was impossible. Eddie glanced from the bottles on the counter to the door to the back office to the magazine rack. On the edge of his vision, the objects flattened into outlines of black and white, only expanding into colored depth when he looked straight at them.

“I’m trying — “

“Don’t try.” The barber clacked his scissors. …


Fifi

Anyone who tells you that writing is easy wants to relieve you of your money — or doesn’t object to the production of drivel. Writing is a kind of blood sacrifice, an act of pulling out a line of words from the mind of the writer and affixing it to the page in a manner that is reminiscent of the method for extracting a Guinea worm — which can be wrapped around a pencil over the days required for the process, so the analogy is all the more apt.

If this sounds too gruesome, I recommend choosing something other than…


I must disagree with myself…

The contemporary American cliché holds that we are a U-shaped country with two teams, the right and the left, facing each other across a widening gulf. After years of having Donald Trump’s bloviations on the political stage, going back in recent memory to his attention-seeking attacks on Barack Obama’s birth certificate, that he built into a fascist movement culminating — for the moment — in the attempted coup on the 6th of January, a dichotomous system, at least one that is made up of two widely separated modes, feels like our reality.

A recent Gallup poll of political identification suggests…


The user of the Internet

The Wild West, along with the stories of the Bible, is a defining mythology of the United States — of America even before our founding as an independent nation. Many of the people who immigrated here came because they were forced or because of their desperate circumstances in their homelands, but for those who arrived of their own free will, the image of the land was a picture of openness in which living by one’s wits without masters was possible — as long as the current owners could be moved somewhere else without too much trouble to the conquerers’ consciences.


According to gun control advocates, it is pointless for Americans to own rifles like the AR-15, since owners could never realistically defeat the U.S. military with personal small arms — though they do not often know that word and instead refer to such weapons as toys. What follows is endless quibbling over definitions and arguments over the history of asymmetrical warfare, along with suspicions that people who have semiautomatic rifles are secret insurrectionists.

But there is a foundational point to be considered here, namely the role of individual and popular agency in relation to the government and society as a…


Nazi slogan: The banner must stand, even if the man falls.

Donald Trump has been banned from Twitter, and while he has held a mysterious meeting with the MyPillow CEO and the rumors abound about where he will flee to before Air Force One is no longer his personal jet, he is for the moment at loose ends. He and his cult are having to work out what comes next.

For the rest of the country, there are a couple of lessons that we must learn here. The first is the obvious parallel with the Beer Hall Putsch of the Nazis against the Bavarian government in 1923. A coup attempt is…


The bumbling assault on the Capitol building on the 6th of January presents a lesson on the tactics and strategy of attempts to take over a country by armed force. The attack on the legislative seat of the American government has a parallel in the Beer Hall Putsch in Germany in 1923, both in its failures and in its warning of what may come, and those of us who discuss gun ownership in terms of personal defense and defense against tyranny must understand what the event is teaching us.

First, some definitions. A coup is more concerned with replacing the…


Donald Trump has been permanently removed from Twitter, among other social media sites, following his encouragement of the attempted coup on the 6th of January in which the Capitol building was invaded and five died — four rioters and one Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick.

Many of his supporters on Twitter have promised to abandon the site in favor of Parler, though the latter will no longer be hosted by Amazon or available on Apple or Google app stores, resulting in discussions about the return to prominence of MySpace or of a boost in sites like Gab and Minds. Where…


Image courtesy of Jeffrey Beall and Wikimedia Commons

Lauren Boebert, a Republican who was elected in 2020 to represent the Third Congressional District of Colorado, has declared her intention to carry her Glock in the Capitol building. This practice will be nothing new, thanks to a rule enacted in 1967, though the D.C. chief of police would like a word with Boebert regarding the laws that govern the capital city.

Washington, D.C. has some of the worst gun laws in the nation, even after having been smacked down by the Supreme Court over the city’s de facto ban on legal handgun ownership, and there is a regular trickle…


Socialism is a political term that the right wing in America has disparaged for decades as a legacy of the Cold War and out of a love of the anarchy for the rich and entrapment of the rest that libertarian economics represents. The word has been pulled into vogue, especially on social media, this century as we have leapt into two ill-conceived and ill-executed wars, while our leaders continue to feel free to devote our wealth to the benefit of the few. To the right, at least according to their public statements, socialism is both whatever they believe was the…

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