The cosmopolitan and the anti-cosmopolitan

There is a new blog post entitled, “The false dichotomy of mythologies that underlies political polarization.”

I’m thinking hard lately about the question, in terms of places to live, how I can reconcile what I can tolerate with what I can afford. On my recent trip west, my arrival in Sante Fe, New Mexico, felt like a breath of fresh air. There was a feeling of, to me, normalcy there that I haven’t felt since I moved to Pittsburgh.

If I could even live between the forks of the Ohio, in Pittsburgh, it would be better; this area, often populated by college students, is distinctly more cosmopolitan, which I see I need. But I also need forest, woods, and it seems like most rural areas are distinctly anti-cosmopolitan and intolerant. Cosmopolitan areas are also more expensive than, as long as I am stuck driving for Uber with no apparent alternative, anti-cosmopolitan ones.

It seems like there is no tolerable compromise, no concession in this life to any of the important things I really need.


I don’t know how I tell you to read this remarkable article[1] without ruining it for you without just telling you to read it. So fucking read it. If you’re even remotely interested in history, it’ll be completely worth it.

Ted Widmer, “Russia-Ukraine: five lessons from the 19th-century Crimean war,” Guardian, July 21, 2022,


Donald Trump

Coup attempt

Renato Mariotti, “Espionage Isn’t the Strongest Case Against Trump. It’s Simpler Than That,” Politico, August 14, 2022,

Marcy Wheeler, “Trump's Timid (Non-Legal) Complaints about Attorney-Client Privilege,” Empty Wheel, August 14, 2022,

Sadie Gurman and Aruna Viswanatha, “Merrick Garland Weighed Search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago for Weeks,” Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2022,

Tom Hamburger and Eugene Scott, “Giuliani is target in Ga. criminal probe of 2020 election, lawyer says,” Washington Post, August 15, 2022,

Eugene Scott, “Graham must testify in Ga. probe of effort to overturn 2020 election, judge rules,” Washington Post, August 15, 2022,

Isaac Arnsdorf et al., “Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No,’” Washington Post, August 16, 2022,

Natalie Andrews, “Liz Cheney Concedes to Trump-Backed Challenger in Wyoming Primary,” Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2022,

Matt Ford, “Trump’s Republican Defenders Inexplicably Forgot To Expect the Worst,” New Republic, August 16, 2022,

Lauren Gambino, “Judge to consider unsealing Trump search affidavit as legal worries mount,” Guardian, August 16, 2022,

Julia Ioffe, “The C.I.A.’s Trump Deja Vu,” Puck News, August 16, 2022,

David Klepper, “Trump’s angry words spur warnings of real violence,” Associated Press, August 16, 2022,

Maria Sacchetti, “Homeland Security watchdog Cuffari faces rebukes from lawmakers in missing texts case,” Washington Post, August 16, 2022,

Hannah Knowles, Josh Dawsey, and David Weigel, “Trump’s dominance in GOP comes into focus, worrying some in the party,” Washington Post, August 17, 2022,

Jordan Libowitz and Lauren White, “Secret Service held onto Pelosi threat until after insurrection,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, August 17, 2022,

Jordan Libowitz and Sara Wiatrak, “The Secret Service knew about Jan 6 threat. They dismissed it,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, August 17, 2022,

Molly Jong-Fast, “The People Who Can’t Stop Making Excuses for Trump,” Atlantic, August 18, 2022,

Cat Zakrzewski, “Lawmakers demand data about online threats against law enforcement,” Washington Post, August 19, 2022,

Chris McGreal, “US political violence is surging, but talk of a civil war is exaggerated – isn’t it?” Guardian, August 20, 2022,

Amy B. Wang and Tom Hamburger, “Sen. Graham gets temporary reprieve in testifying before Ga. grand jury,” Washington Post, August 21, 2022,

  1. [1]Ted Widmer, “Russia-Ukraine: five lessons from the 19th-century Crimean war,” Guardian, July 21, 2022,

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