Super Bowl LI: Capitalism clears its throat

The late, great Furman Bisher once referred to the Super Bowl as “the World Series of capitalism,” and that man knew a thing or two about ball games and money. More than any other event, the Super Bowl is about high rolling, from the commercials that cost as much as a feature-length film down to the hustlers on the streets.

Faux news and the toll of kayfabe

Faux news is fake news that people want to believe. It isn’t just biased news, such as you see very commonly. Its falsehoods are not the result of reportorial laziness or editorial ham-handedness, but objective assessments of the audience’s gullibility.

Americans show intense desire to be ‘finished with it’

Our voting system isn’t rigged, it’s jerry-rigged. This election year, with its shadowy suggestions of Russian dirty tricks, its last-minute court rulings concerning ballot access in North Carolina, and those malfunctioning voting machines, has outlined what amounts to one of this country’s great infrastructural failures in this century.