Late, weird and weary

As a late bloomer, I often learn lessons too late to be of practical value. One of those is this: Japan is a weird place. It attracts weird people, and the longer you live in Japan, the……


The real fascists

Modern Western nations describe themselves as republics or democracies, but in fact they are all corporations. To paraphrase a quote attributed to Benito Mussolini, the merger of state and corporate power is fascism.

Fascism is a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government and the promotion of a capitalist economy subject to……


An American living in Japan

Melancholy observations of an expat.

I am an American and have lived in Tokyo for most of my adult life. I am married to a Japanese woman with whom I have one child…….


Proud to be American

In the above video, college students are asked if they are proud to be American. Most of their responses reflect the results of a Gallup poll released this week indicating that Americans are less patriotic than ever. As today is the Fourth of……


Why I am not a conservative

A conservative is someone who prefers traditional views and values. Conservatives resist change. The whole ideology of conservatism is based on the desire to preserve and maintain the existing system and traditional order.

Conservatives want to maintain the U.S. government. They want to maintain the financial system. They want to maintain capitalist……