The S&P Standard

For the credit-rating agencies considering a downgrade of U.S. debt, the question was never really whether a debt-ceiling deal would get passed; the question was whether the government would, in the words of S&P, offer a “credible solution to the rising U.S. government debt burden.” So, how does this deal stack up?

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U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More