I have to confess my attention has not been focused on political developments these past few days. I have been trying to find a way to teach my course on Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Herbert Marcuse next year at Columbia and during my morning walks, my head has been filled with fragments of lectures I would like to deliver. Now that the golden calf episode is over and the normal politics of legislation and administration are ongoing, there is really not much to say. I find it astonishing that Biden has been able to move up from the end of July to the end of May the date at which there will be enough vaccine for all the adults in the United States. I am neither surprised nor particularly angered by the fact that Joe Manchin is causing problems for the passage of Biden's big bill. Manchin represents as a Democrat a state that Trump won by something like 40 points. Without that unlikely happenstance, Mitch McConnell is still the majority leader and nothing at all gets done. I am enormously impressed by the hard-nosed sensibility of the left wing of the Democratic Party at this moment. Bernie Sanders turns out to be the adult in the room.
All of our attention must be focused on winning some extra seats in the House and picking up one or two Senate seats in 2022.That is not exciting is, it not intellectually interesting – it is merely essential.
I had thought to reproduce here what I consider the most exciting idea in One-Dimensional Man, as a kind of preview of my course, but a little checking revealed that I had done that twice before in the past 10 years on this blog so I shall simply let those of you who were interested look it up.