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Political Culture: Ayn Rand’s Shangri-La of Self-Interest

I tried. I tried so hard. You’ve gotta believe me when I tell you how I tried and tried to finish Ayn Rand’s oversize chronicle of...

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Political Culture: Ayn Rand’s Polemical Porn

Here’s the thing about reading Ayn Rand: She forces you to think the way she does. Once you’ve immersed yourself in her black-and-white...

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Political Culture: Ayn Rand Takes a (Midas) Mulligan

When I was a senior in college, instead of prepping for a career as a Rand-ian Master of the Universe with high-level courses in economics...

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Political Culture: I’ve Been Ayn Randed!

A homework pass to the first commenter who can identify what inspired this column’s headline – without resorting to the Google (honor...

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Political Culture: A Liberal Reads Ayn Rand

Objectivism is back, baby! Don’t take my word for it – just check out this cover of the libertarian monthly Reason, which offers up a...

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Political Culture: Of Afghanistan, and a Girl From Nantucket

It was such a simpler time, that summer of 2001. Remember it? That last season of America’s (cyclical) innocence shimmers in the memory,...

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Political Culture: The Healthcare Bill Stinks. Could You Please Pass It Already?

Ever since Al Franken parked his rear end in the Democrats’ 60th U.S. Senate seat, the conventional wisdom has held that no matter how...

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Political Culture: Still Two Americas

We may not have John Edwards to kick around anymore – though that hasn’t stopped us from putting the occasional boot into his backside,...

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Political Culture: Are You Ready For Some (Wingnut) Football?

Now here’s a fast-moving story: Just a week ago, word leaked that Rush Limbaugh was part of an ownership group hoping to bid on the...

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Political Culture: Seeing the Best (and Worst) in One Another

Can liberals and conservatives still see the best in one another, or is intelligent political discourse a thing of the past? Jon Cummings...

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Political Culture: Michael Moore’s “Capitalism,” a Don’t-Like-It-Very-Much Story

Michael Moore has a new movie out, and you might assume that a proud liberal like Jon Cummings might be filled with rapturous praise for...

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Political Culture: Gimme Some Truth

The words were spoken in London, casually, almost flippantly, and were directed at an audience that was sure to treat them in the spirit...

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Political Culture: Ted Kennedy and Me

Was Ted the best and bravest of the Kennedys? In his latest Political Culture, Jon Cummings looks back at the Lion's life and times....

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Political Culture: At Town Halls, Tea and Thuggery

Jon Cummings thought the right wing would smooth down its fringe feathers after the '08 election. Snake eyes on that roll, Jon!...

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Political Culture: When Did Americans Become Such Pussies?

I must admit, I had thought the days were over when Republicans could scare the bejeezus out of the citizenry (and force acquiescence from...

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Political Culture: Hell Week for Catholics

When the long-awaited, religiously incendiary sequel to The Da Vinci Code arrives in theaters and the anticipated uproar is reduced to a...

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Political Culture: Activist Shmactivist

Any time now – maybe even during the too-few moments between my pressing “submit” and this column going live –...

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Political Culture: How Specter Screwed the Democrats

The Republican Party’s annus became considerably more horribilis this week, with Arlen Specter switching parties, President Obama...

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Political Culture: Beauty Queens, Bigotry … and Ambivalence

It may be that only an event like this could have propped up that downward-spiraling phenomenon, the beauty pageant: An out-and-proud...

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Political Culture: Christian Right, R.I.P.

Have right-wing evangelicals won their last battle? Maybe not, but Jon Cummings thinks it'll take them more than three days to resurrect...

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Political Culture: Peter Buffett’s Activism Through Music … And $$$$$$

Those clunky translation earpieces were nowhere to be found last Thursday night in the United Nations General Assembly, as a multinational...

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Political Culture: Education on the Cheap

The original, furiously populist theme of this column, as I envisioned it last weekend, was “Nationalize the Banks, Now!” Well,...

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Political Culture: I Have More Influence Than Rush Limbaugh

It’s been a giggle this week watching Democrats paint Rush Limbaugh as the “bloated, drug-addled” head of the...

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Political Culture: Whose Mandate Is It Anyway?

The last couple weeks have served as a brilliant, if butt-ugly, reminder that governance should be judged not on the back and forth of...

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Political Culture: Taking a Hit (For All of Us)

Like most people I know, my favorite feature in Us Weekly is the “Stars — They’re Just Like Us!” spread. You know,...

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Political Culture: Bipartisanship — What Is It Good For?

As of last night, absolutely nothin’. (Legislatively speaking, at least.) But you gotta give Barack Obama points for trying....

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Political Culture: Obama Ascendant

“Tomorrow is some shit, people,” Adam Yauch declared matter-of-factly Monday night, after searching for an appropriate way to...

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Political Culture: Shall We Plunge the Sword In?

Sometime in the early afternoon next Tuesday – after Barack Obama takes the oath of office, and before the new President and First...

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Political Culture: White Like … Who, Exactly?

We white folks are feeling pretty good about ourselves these days. And why not? A couple months ago, almost half of us voted to put a black...

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Political Culture: We Said We Wanted a Revolution …

“Eighty percent of success in life is just showing up.” – Woody Allen For a few years there – as George Bush...