Explore the Paradise Papers

Today’s revelation of the “Paradise Papers” comes from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. So far as we know, this group did not perform the hack that obtained these financial documents, but simply interpreted the data. For this work, the ICIJ is to be commended. They document the tax-evasion schemes of plutocrats, celebrities, and politicians […]

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The History of History 13: Where’d All These Frenchmen Come From?

The warring monarchies of early modern Europe are not my specialty, compared to my European-historian peers, so I read Pierre Goubert’s Louis XIV and Twenty Million Frenchmen (1966; English version 1970) at a mild disadvantage. Still, I found that I rarely needed to peruse Wikipedia for extra context, as Goubert writes with a non-specialist audience […]

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President Adams is Laughing.

The organic matter residing within the umpteen dimensions of space and time that constitute the grave of our Second President, John Adams, is emitting laughter. Instead of a dystopian hellscape after the election, we are living in a political outcome that has taken “President Adams ‘great fear’” of factionalism to farcical levels. The 2016 presidential […]

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2016 Election Exposes New Path Forward for Democratic Party

Sixteen months into the 2016 Presidential Election, it is clear that both major political parties have become highly divided. In the Republican Party, Donald Trump, a clear outsider in American electoral politics, defeated sixteen opponents during the primary process, many of whom were better connected and better funded by GOP insiders than the eventual nominee […]

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