Esther Goldberg

Esther Goldberg is a lawyer in Alexandria, Virginia.

Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

 

Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman But she was another man All the girls around her say she’s got it coming But she gets it while she can —The Beatles News of Hugh Hefner’s death last week struck me even harder than the 1975 breakup of Sonny and Cher. One falls into thinking […]

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American Business Sides With the Fascists

 

When U.S. Steel ignored President Kennedy’s plea to keep prices down, he said, “My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now.” That’s how I feel about the CEOs who made a noisy show of quitting President Trump’s business council a few weeks ago. As […]

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Reflections Upon a Rising Star

 

A flawed “pointillist picture” is how Michiko Kakutani described Rising Star, David J. Garrow’s massive (1,460 pages) new biography of Barack Obama, and she’s right. A barrage of minute details greets the reader, only the distinct dots aren’t permitted to arrange themselves into a picture. No sooner does an adumbration materialize than the author leaves […]

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The Megalomania of James Comey

 

They used to be called “megalomaniacs”, people who had outsized, larger than life images of themselves. Today they’re described as having narcissistic personality disorder, characterized by a sense of their own grandiose uniqueness. Not having a true sense of their own self, narcissists create themselves in the roles they play. They are the heroes of […]

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The Dark Side of Globalization

 

President Trump dares to question whether globalization is an unmitigated good, and for this he is roundly criticized by the Left. But we should question it. For people like Tom Friedman it is an article of faith that globalization is going to lead to a utopia in which people of different countries, religions, ethnicities and […]

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A Compact With the Devil

 

The more you learn about the new safe zone proposals for Syria, the smellier they seem. Russia, Turkey, and Iran have struck a deal to “de-escalate” hostilities between pro and anti-Assad forces in four vaguely defined zones. The pro-Assad forces are mostly Iranian-backed Shia militias. The “rebels” are an assortment of Sunni militias too numerous […]

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The Washington Post Compares Obama Apples to Trump Oranges

 

Josh Rogin is one of the mainstream media’s scribbling scribes who wouldn’t be caught dead praising President Donald Trump, not even faintly. That would get him into some deep doo-doo with his bosses at the Washington Post. So, given the fairly general and bipartisan kudos for Trump’s strike on one of Assad’s air bases last […]

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The Pussycons Fret About Donald Trump

 

The hanky-clutching, cluck-clucking, tsk-tsking faction of the Conservative movement is in for a rough and bumpy ride over the next four to eight years. They’re the ones who wanted a Republican president who looked like the male manikin on top of the wedding cake. You know, like Mitt Romney. And who were shocked when they […]

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Inauguration Washington: A Meditation on Nazis, Gas Chambers, and Provocation

 

A few years ago I put a “I don’t trust the liberal media” bumper sticker on my car, a thirteen-year-old Jeep Cherokee. Some folks on the road were offended. They tailgated me, made rude hand gestures, and even tried to run me off the road. In one case, an African American woman in a shiny […]

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A Threat to Democracy: How Bad Is He?

 

“Honey,” said my husband this morning, putting down his coffee cup and looking up from his laptop. It was in that tone of voice that presages a suggestion as to how I might occupy myself the rest of the day. I waited. “I’m reading an article in the New York Times that is just calling out for […]

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