As it is an election year amidst the Great Recession, talk of the American plutocracy is very much in vogue. But to label the situation as unique belies centuries of history.
There are now warnings emanating from some circles that Muslim leaders are seeking gateways through which to implement an "Islamification" of American politics and society.
Perhaps the most troubling reality in the 21st century is that our economics now dictates our cultural values, rather than the reverse, where we the people would decide how resources, production and mutual prosperity should be systematized to achieve the best society for all.
Perhaps the most enervating element of the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster is its eerie familiarity -- the sheer, inexorable predictability of it all.
When the Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United v. FEC ruling in January, it did more to sound the alarm on special interest money in politics than any campaign finance reformer could have dreamed.