These posts reflect my original interest in American politics, history and political theory broadly cast. I’m interested in exploring the nexus between American Political Development (APD) and American Political Thought (APT) as well as American Studies and Africana Studies or all regional “studies,” including working with Gajo Petrovic a leader in Praxis published in the former Yugoslavia.

This was the reason I stayed in politics for my Ph.D. rather than leaving for law school, history, sociology or business school as faculty kept trying to convince me to do in undergraduate and graduate school after spending a gap year reading Heidegger’s Being and Time with University of Zagreb philosophy professor Gajo Petrovic, who spent time at IAS and working with the author of the former Yugoslavian Constitution, the one that stuck — written in the 1970s.  The latter scholar attended the Sorbonne in the 1930s and ended his career as the Dean of the best law school in Belgrade.  In the 1980s the Fulbright funded his scholarship on Jefferson at Claremont Graduate School.  I worked with him for my B.A. thesis on Marx, existentialism, phenomenology and Yugoslavian self-management supervised by Claremont Men’s College’s public law professor Winston Fisk.

Kushner “Krisis”

137px-New_Jersey_Turnpike_Shield.svg.png  We all know the New Jersey Turnpike is tacky.  Hey, the Soprano’s even embodies the “what exit” line of SNL from decades back.  (For those who do not live in NJ or have to travel on the Christie-beleaguered NJT (given the Obama-Christie Tunnel Tussle (or was it a hustle?).  All this is by way of saying that land developers never know how to “do the right” thing.  They only “alt-right,” no?



Hillary Clinton – the Raincoat

little_girl_with_umbrella_playing_in_the_rain_cg9p4461512c_thMan_in_clear_raincoat Hillary Clinton is like a raincoat* — she’s reversal or should I say politically versatile |ˈvərsətl|as she protects Trump from . . .
versatile |ˈvərsətl| adjective
1 able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities: a versatile sewing machine | he was versatile enough to play either position.
2 archaic changeable; inconstant.
*Lame joke warning : )

Trump the Retrogressive – One Party State Repub


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I’m beginning to think that I romanticized the Progressives, after hearing the claptrap of the one-party state attacking itself. The Progressive movement had progressive republicans and progressive Democrats. There was a lot of infighting. Intraparty conflicts led to my first … Continue reading