Highlights From Yet Another Week Of Afflictor

Vlad, this is Don. I’m in deep shit. The FBI is closing in, and there are more leaks in the White House than in an outhouse at Oktoberfest. What should I do?

Make sure noose for treason hanging made in America. Leaving now for Katt Williams concert. Bye.


  • Francis Fukuyama says our system is thwarting Trump’s autocratic aspirations. 
  • Anne Case and Angus Deaton follow up their 2015 bombshell about the declining health of middle-aged white Americans (1 + 2). Mark Harris pushes back at their findings.
  • America’s “deaths of despair” recall a similar crisis after the Soviet breakup.
  • Megan McArdle argues Utah is keeping the flame of the American Dream.
  • The current U.S. fetishization of factories fails to grasp some new truths.
  • A brief note from 1893 about an Indiana man who claimed to be a Russian spy.