discursive living

new in site:

date: title

recent weeks

sense of site, as of...----------------------mar 2015
shared grounds----------------------------nov 2015
  These are developing projects providing background context for other areas. What’s obtuse is there to be clarified.

being in Time-------------------------------may 2016
  planetary commons / progressive life—eventually. The area is barely started, but will become populated with many topics. May 27, a slight update was made to the “American humanity” project.

prospecting born before 2012----------june 2016

furthermore---------------------------------oct 2015
  Vistas are inherently appealling, seafaring intrinsically fun.

-February 18:



I’m astounded (and thrilled) by how effectively Trump is being contained by institutional good sense (factual “leaks,” effective courts), aggressive press, and others’ bypassing him (e.g., the Federal Reserve, U.S-E.U. alliances). Though there are dangers to the Obama legacy with Republican control of Congress (and avaricious de-regulation-ists), counter-regressive activism is showing itself to be well-organized and looks very likely to constrain Rightism, while the chaos of Trumpism unwittingly sets up the 2018 election season to give Democrats control of Congress, and a strong mandate for a neo-Obama-ist progressivity in the 2020 elections.

In the meantime, not much harm will be done,
I hope. There’s good reason to think otherwise
(e.g., near-term treatment of immigrants), but
I’m hopeful. Anyway, it’s all very complex.
I don’t know that my short comments at the PBS News Hour are useful. However, my comment today to a NYTimes Editorial against Trump was chosen by the editors as a “NYT Pick” (one of 16 among over 1000 comments on that editorial)
and got lots of response.

Nicholas Kristof (NYTimes columnist) today prospects replacing Trump within coming months, but he’s pessimistic. I offered this comment:

A great credit to our democracy is that we can discuss replacement of the president vigorously.

The prospect of Trump otherwise destroying the Republican Party is credible enough that this does give me hope for major Democratic wins in the 2018 elections.

But to make this possible, Democrats must hustle to articulate vision that has bipartisan appeal. I trust that Barack Obama and the wonderful Democratic team that he built are working to remake the Party.

The Democratic majority has great opportunity to attract moderate Republi-cans. 2017 can be a year for Democrats to work for the future—pragmatically, yet with Vision—not primarily working against the present circus.

I’m making good progress offline with project development, but I’m not ready to say more now
(I could get tediously detailed)—except that a lot of change here will happen at once, and new work online (with updating here) will become frequent.

Next update: March 4

gary e. davis

Update notes of past months are a blog category.