Looking toward a new administration….

With each new administration — Democrat or Republican — I always publish my own list of impudent suggestions for possible actions that would step around the typically lobotomizing “left-right axis,” scoring immediate points by doing some non-partisan good. I’ll do it yet again, offering maneuvers especially to skirt the utter determination of this generation of Republican Congressional leaders — stated openly by Dennis Hastert, all the way to Mitch McConnell — that the American federal legislature should do nothing meaningful at all, ever again.

A few of these notions won’t wait! They’d have maximum effectiveness…


Is impartial truth-checking possible?

Twitter’s decision to slap warning labels on some Trumpian tweets — those seeming to incite violence — “was the culmination of months of debate inside the company over developing protocols to limit the impact of objectionable messages from world leaders — and what to do when Mr. Trump inevitably broke it.”

Perspective time. The problem of toxicity in media is not a new one. Every new medium of communication was misused for nefarious ends, before it eventually lived up to its elevating promise. The printing press was first used to spread horrible hate tracts exacerbating Europe’s…


The wholesome — if rather familiar — meme of “Death Stranding.”

Many have written to me about the impressive new Kojima/Sony hit “Death Stranding” — likely to be Game of the Year. All of them commented on the “obvious connection” to one of my most beloved works. Nor are they alone. Many reviewers remarked on a family — or clone — resemblance, like this clever one from a Malaysian zine, and many more listed below.

Before I comment, let’s link you to the game’s extended, dramatic and lavishly done trailer. It’s well worth your time. …


A different approach to navigating political dynamics

It was a brilliant political maneuver — and few Democrat learned from it. In 1994, Newt Gingrich’s innovative “Contract With America” made the Republican Party appear serious, pragmatic, reformist. No matter that every decent promise in the Contract later wound up neutered or betrayed. The electoral triumph that Gingrich wrought with this bait-and-switch was a historic phase change, demolishing what remained of the Roosevelt-era social and political compact.

The aftermath was even more tectonic. Even under Ronald Reagan, legislators assumed that their mission was to stake bargaining positions, then negotiate and ultimately legislate…


That is the question of the day.

Impeachment frenzy? I am glad the Democratic Party “Roosevelt wing” is very active. Still, disunity is the enemy’s goal; it is vital to avoid splitterism and falling for tricks to harm our enlightenment-patriotic coalition against the Putinist Cabal.

Especially, all this piling onto House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is both unfair and intemperate/shortsighted — an example of ‘sumo’ politics that always, always falls into Republican traps. A better — ‘Judo approach’ requires timing. Those who question Pelosi’s courage or determination bear a steep burden of proof. Under what scenario do they even imagine she…


There’s something I want to say in the wake of a July Fourth celebration that cretins and foreign agents tried to hijack, aided by the reflex that some of our own citizens express, toward any sign of overt patriotism.

It’s easy to shrug off the powers that Pax Americana used to craft the greatest human lifespan of all time, 70+ years during which unleashed science discovered 99% of what we now know. When the percentage of kids in school worldwide skyrocketed from maybe 20% to roughly 90%, when nine out of ten nations got to spend perhaps 5% of their…


Where are we headed — as economic inequality grows?

A crucial divide exists between those oligarchs who believe that insatiable cheating will forever perch them atop a neo-feudal pyramid of inherited wealth and power vs. those who can smell inevitable revolution.

“It’s not whether we should be capitalist or socialist. It’s how do we make sure that capitalism is working the way it has in the past,” said top investor Alan Schwartz at the recent Milken Institute Global Conference, warning of “class warfare.” …


I remain boggled by the way our so-called economic/political narratives consistently ignore obvious things.

1. Flat-fair-open competition is the greatest creative force in the universe. Sound pretty “libertarian”? Ah, but for all of time, across all societies in history, any possibility of truly flat-fair-open competition was ruined by a single destructive force… prevalent cheating. The mighty always seek to use their wealth and power to cheat — in order to prevent competition arising from below, thus preserving their sons’ privilege to control other peoples’ daughters and sons — and to expand their hold on land and power.

Across history this…


My final word — prior to this critical midterm election — is not directed to residually sane Republicans, or fence sitters, or even lazy Democrats (vote!) Instead it goes out to… Henchmen! To the few dozen of you out there who are right now helping to pull some clever cheat to yet again mess with our democratic elections. There are so many such stunts… Governor Jeb Bush pulled half a dozen to give his brother Florida, during the 2000 election, and thereby end America’s high flying 20th Century. …


Back in the 1990s, I participated in a discussion at an (unnamed) Washington DC agency, where the question was raised: “What could our enemies do to bring down even a pre-eminent Pax Americana?”

Even then, there were many foes desperately eager to find a way. Some deluded themselves with fantasies of a supposed weakness that “Americans are all decadent, spoiled, pleasure-seeking cowards” the same canard that every U.S. generation had to disprove at great cost, since the 1770s. (On 9/11 it was easily refuted by those brave heroes aboard flight UA 93.)

But — let’s clarify our question: “What clever…

David Brin

Author, scientist, public speaker. My books include The Transparent Society, The Postman, Earth, Existence, and Startide Rising.

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