Articles by Robert Zaller
Aug. 11, 2017
Why democracy is failing
The two famous comments about democracy in the last century were made, respectively, by America’s 28th president, Woodrow Wilson, and by Winston Churchill. Wilson declared as his primary diplomatic objective a desire to make the world safe for democracy. He was a more than slightly dubious advocate. After all, Wilson had backdoored us into a world war he promised to avoid and had thrown those who protested the war into prison under an unconstitutional sedition act. Differently, Churchill’s own more world-weary comment was that democracy was the worst of all political systems, except for all the others.
Jul. 28, 2017
How to choke on a big nothing burger
In “The French Connection II,” Gene Hackman’s Popeye Doyle, quitting heroin cold turkey, asks for a big, juicy American hamburger with the blood dripping out of it and ketchup and onions piled high. It’s not available to Popeye in the movie, but it’s being served raw in the White House right now. And Donald J. Trump is about to choke on it.
Jul. 14, 2017
Is humanity a lost cause?
Sometimes it takes a deeply conservative intelligence to get to the heart of the matter.
Jun. 30, 2017
How long must the D.C. charade go on?
Five months into the Donald Trump presidency — or five hours, for that matter — it was clear that the White House had been occupied by a charlatan, somewhere between a buffoon and a demagogue and competent in neither role. That prospect had been clear five months previously, on the campaign trail; it was clear five years previously, or at any time earlier in Trump’s career as a bogus magnate, serial bankrupt and reality show sadist.
Jun. 9, 2017
Drexel’s two graduating classes of 2017
Drexel will have two graduating classes this year.
Jun. 2, 2017
Free speech propaganda and the right to be heard
Free speech is the most important right we have. The Founding Fathers, understanding it as the prime element in a free society, wrote it into several amendments of the United States Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees it as a right in terms of individual and collective speech on civil and religious matters, whether by personal expression, public assembly or private worship.
May. 26, 2017
The theft of the Barnes after five years
For nearly 90 years, the quiet street in Lower Merion known as Latch’s Lane was a worldwide destination for art lovers.
May. 19, 2017
Who’s liable for the Amtrak train derailment?
What goes around, comes around.
May. 12, 2017
Being a citizen in the age of Donald Trump
“Hey, I’m president! I’m president! Can you believe it?!”
May. 5, 2017
The Arkansas death circus
Arkansas: Isn’t that the place the Clintons came from?