The Ides of March
Today is the Ides of March. All I can say is, “beware, beware, beware.” You don’t have to be an soothsayer in the market to have a sense of impending catastrophe. We still have a senate. We still have (lower case “r”) republican institutions that are badly fraying. And we still have would-be strong men who seek to take advantage of the situation, phony tribunes of the people, and a would-be dictator (which was an office in Republican Rome, which Julius Caesar occupied in his last months.) Just to be absolutely clear, I am not drawing any further parallels, or anticipating or advocating for anything bloody or untoward. It’s just that the Ides of March is a day for looking at where we are, and where we are going.