Mexican history is inevitably one of lost opportunities and ruined possibilities. While Maximilano was a flawed man, I can’t help but think maybe it was lost juncture for Mexico, possibly a more peaceful and just one.… Read More Now Let Us Praise Tragic Men: Maximilano of México
This is a subject that has been on my mind for some time, a defense of the Spanish language. Over time I’ve noticed attacks from two very, very separate quarters. With only a few days left until Cinco De Mayo, I figured now is as good as time as any. The first is the most… Read More En defensa de español; in defense of Spanish.
It’s predictable. Every 9/11, there’s two responses. The over the top star spangled .gifs proclaiming we’ll never forget (despite the fact we totally will), and the snarky “Heh, you actually care about this country? What about the [insert X event that they largely simplify and pretend is somehow unique to the history of the United… Read More The Other September 11th: Chile
Thanks to El Donald, about whose witless buffoonery I wrote about here, immigration is back at the forefront of American politics and the minds of our chattering classes. While his comments were simian, boorish and coarse, they were helpful in a way. They removed any pretense of talking about “just” illegal immigrants or “just” criminals.… Read More Thoughts on Hispanic Identity: Are We Becoming White?
I wrote up a quick piece on the Puerto Rican debt crisis for Cafe Con Leche Republicans, a pro-immigration Republican advocacy group. The fact that the bureaucrats and dimwitted legislators in Washington micromanaged and abetted San Juan into committing fiscal suicide hardly seems surprising. However after visiting San Juan last month, I did become interested… Read More Puerto Rico: Where Did It Go Wrong?