Those who savored David T. Wright's pungent commentaries in the print version of TLD will be delighted to discover that he has joined the fray here on the Website. He took no prisoners then, and he takes no prisoners now.
Our offerings by Mr. Wright include his series of occasional observances Wright from Washington City as well as other items.
"The impending bailout of the Big Three auto companies will be a disaster for Americans in more ways than one," begins Mr. Wright in this installment. Big government programs produce disaster as surely as rain clouds produce rain, and Mr. Wright predicts in vivid fashion what cats and dogs will come pounding down on your head this time, and how hard, in "Brother, can you spare a few billion?" (Posted December 11, 2008.)
In recognition of Memorial Day Weekend's celebration of war, militarism, and imperialism, I post this piece by Mr. Wright, who assesses wars present and future. He argues that the imperialists, and imperialism itself, may be in trouble if resistance fighters ever obtain some advanced defensive weapons that are already on offer: "Will Bush upset the applecart?" (May 25, 2008)
TLD's master machinist applies his acetylene torch to the dented tin of imperial propaganda: "Persia: Threat or menace?" Any war of aggression necessitates a war of lies against the home front. (September 7, 2007)
If you have to fly, as a commercial passenger, you will appreciate Mr. Wright's genial and public-spirited survey of the latest conveniences the System is offering its air-traveling subjects: "The concourse to serfdom." (August 27)
It may seem odd to describe an essay about mass death as being lively, but that's exactly how I'm describing Mr. Wright's new essay: "Blacksburg: The mask of tears." The article comes complete with a sidebar, equally lively, since it's also by Mr. Wright.
Sidebar: "Meanwhile, back at Dead Man's Gulch ..."
Now here's a big old tasty treat for you, delivered in fine style by Mr. Wright. It's nothing less than a translation of the State of the Union speech the Empty Suit was assigned to read aloud on January 23: "Incurious George goes to Capitol Hill." Imagine the horror the horror! involved in putting this together. You'd better be grateful. (January 30, 2007)
Just before I was to post this article, a secure and blessed peace descended over happy Lebanon. I thought about not posting it at all, since for most of the handful of Americans who paid any attention to the late unpleasantness, the time for forgetting had arrived! However, a much tinier handful of people the non-amnesiacs who venture into The Ditch may benefit from Mr. Wright's tremendous accomplishment in marshaling evidence and framing an indictment of "The new Nazis."
Those readers, if I may borrow a slogan, will Never Forget. (August 14, 2006)
The dust-up over Harriet Miers having finally concluded, Mr. Wright offers a new "Wright from Washington City" dispatch in which he assesses the imbroglio itself and some wider issues, in his characteristically refreshing and unsentimental style: "No priestess robe for Harriet Miers: Sturm und Drang about stuff and nonsense." (October 30, 2005)
Mr. Wright weighs in again, with a "Wright from Washington City" dispatch about the latest flap in media circles, involving a CNN honcho who was de-honchofied because of some remarks about the Empire's saintly and heroic legionaries: "Eason Jordan said an upsetting thing: But is it true?" (February 15)
Have we ever got a treat for No, wait, I'd better put on my Sober and Respectable face ... hang on ... Ahem. The TLD Ministry of Good-Citizen Training is proud to present this Document Resource prepared by Professor Wright of the Greater Trantor Free University for the use of students of the Imperial Utterances: "The Emperor translated: The State of the Union address for 2005." (February 10, 2005)
Mr. Wright has committed lèse majesté in words over and over here at TLD. Now he does so in an image, which may be the first in a series, assuming the new Minister of Love doesn't consign him to a Free Speech Zone behind the wire. (December 14, 2004)
In this "Wright from Washington City" penned during the height of the 2004 campaign for World Emperor, Mr. Wright demonstrates his awe at the eloquence and sincerity of our modern Pericles, Demosthenes, Cicero, and Cato. We'll leave it to you to decide which is which: "The great debates: Aiming beer bottles at the telescreen." (October 11)
In a wickedly funny "Wright from Washington City" report, Mr. Wright reviews the latest extravaganza staged by the Orange Meanies: "Are we scared enough yet?" (August 14)
"Things fall apart" is Mr. Wright's gripping three-part series on the Occupation, its crimes, and its criminals:
"Things fall apart," part one. (April 29)
"Things fall apart," part two. (May 6)
"Things fall apart," part three. (May 20)
In a powerful "Wright from Washington City" dispatch, Mr. Wright takes on the Vacant One's embarrassing encounter with the media on April 13: "The emperor's news conference: Caligula as doofus." (April 19, 2004)
There everyone was, dancing in the streets in the wake of Saddam's capture, but you just might know that mean old David T. Wright would have to go and rain on the parade: "O frabjous day!" (December 16, 2003)
2003 marks the 50th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451, but we really should have posted David T. Wright's penetrating review long before now. Better late than never: here's "The incendiary prophet," from the August 1995 issue of TLD. (August 9)
In the latest installment of Wright from Washington City, Wright pokes a sharp stick into the Empire's slimy mess of lies and nonsense, and advances our understanding of how our rulers smother inconvenient truths, in "Weapons of mass distraction." (June 11)
In an installment of Wright from Washington City, Wright says some awfully strange critters have appeared in the "conservative" zoo: "Bizarro World apotheosis: Neo-Trots in the ascendancy." (May 3)
Wright (along with Nicholas Strakon and Ronn Neff) participated in our "Encounter with a reader on war and empire." Look for Wright's contributions on the "Encounter" table of contents page. (April 30)
The regime tells us that the Iraqis are the Enemy and that various other distant peoples are Enemies-To-Be, but let's not forget that there's an Enemy far closer to home. As Wright shows in vivid colors: "You are the Enemy." (March 28)
A reader having taken us to task for loving and defending the white West, Wright and Nicholas Strakon reply. Here is that exchange, posted March 24, 2003.
Wright raises a few wee questions about the ability of the regime despite its well-known godlike omniscience to anticipate and provide for all types of terrorist attack, in "Living the fever-dream." The main piece is accompanied by a sidebar. Both posted July 29, 2002.
"Why did they do it?" Wright says it's not exactly a brain-twister. (September 22, 2001)
Wright says the Imperial City is in shock, and that dread and possibly-trained MPs walk the streets. (September 15, 2001)
Get a load of Wright's modest proposal one that, if enacted, wouldn't merely diminish the influence of politicians but actually diminish the politicians themselves! (November 15, 2000)
What lessons of empire have the Israelis learned, and whom did they learn them from? (November 15)
In the wake of the attack on the U.S. warship Cole, Wright updates his take on the crimes of Power, in "Bizarro World, continued." (October 16)
Crimes of Power in Washington and Israel receive white-hot illumination in this installment of Wright from Washington City, posted October 7: "Life and death in Bizarro World."
Ink-stained no longer, the media are showing new class, as our sardonic observer shows in this installment of Wright from Washington. A good read and a must read! (July 17)
The Safety Nazis scream, "No guns & ammo for you!" But are they screaming at the right people? (May 25)
The Powers That Be instruct Wright and all Washingtonians to have a nice day or else! (April 18)
"You didn't really think the Net would stay free, did you?" Wright strikes again. We theorists of Polite Totalitarianism hereabouts have long recognized that the Internet is a major nuisance for the ruling class and the Gatekeepers of Truth they employ, but we couldn't quite figure out how they might succeed in reducing the Net under the iron heel. In a masterpiece of Polite Totalitarian analysis, Wright shows how new technology that we're going to want will give our masters new tools of oppression. (January 24)
This withering look at the Ministry of Truth and its approved candidates marked Wright's arrival on the site. (January 17, 2000)
A review-essay on Walter Karp's Politics of War from TLD 13. Wright, grandson of a World War I fighter pilot, didn't think too much of William McKinley and Woodrow Wilson before reading Karp, and he thinks less now.