Singing the Praises of James Bond

by Akim Reinhardt Roger Moore died last week at the age of 89. He is the first important Bond to pass (sorry David Niven!), so predictably heated arguments ensued: Where does Moore rank in the canon of Bond actors? It was a boring debate. Moore was the worst, plain and simple. He helped drive the…

This Populist Moment

by Akim Reinhardt Last week, Barack Obama got beaten up on social media and called out by the press for accepting a $400,000 speaking fee from a Wall Street investment firm. It was the day's major kerfuffle, the non-Trump story of the week, and reactions to it by many of my smart, well reasoned friends…

April Fools

by Akim Reinhardt Donald Trump's first hundred days as president are nearly tallied. Enough time has passed that we can now divide people who voted for him into two groups: 1. Those who: never liked Trump (but made a calculated decision to vote for him); have more recently developed doubts; or will soon become disillusioned…

American Regicide

by Akim Reinhardt Donald Trump is going down. His house of cards will collapse at some point. The leaks will keep flowing and eventually his position will become untenable. Conflicts of interest. Connections to Russia. All of it will become too great a weight to carry, especially since The Donald has very few genuine allies…

A Call to Arms

by Akim Reinhardt I have a friend of Indian descent who was born in Africa, but raised almost entirely in London. Or, I should say, I had such a friend. About a year ago, maybe more, we got into an online argument about the Pope, and that was that. Much to my surprise, he de-friended…

Why I’m Not Writing this Essay

by Akim Reinhardt I've been writing 3QD Monday columns for over six years now. Never missed a deadline. Not a one of ‘em. Every fourth Monday: Bang! 2,000 words. More like 2,500. I enjoy it. I look forward to it. Each December, when the city of Baltimore mails every resident a Baltimore City Department of…

The Counter Revolution

by Akim Reinhardt The United States boasts a deeply conservative economic tradition. From its origins as a colonial, agricultural society, it quickly emerged as a slave holding republic built on the ethnic cleansing and occasional genocide of Indigenous peoples. After the Civil War (1861-65), it reshaped itself in the crucible of unfettered laissez-faire capitalism straight…

Throw Your Vote Away

by Akim Reinhardt To say this has been an interesting presidential election season would be an understatement. Regardless of who is declared president after the polls close three weeks from tomorrow, this is almost certainly a tussle that historians will pick over and analyze for decades to come, if not centuries. They're apt to do…

An Open Letter to Trump Supporters

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Clintonista, Trumpatista, Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, Jesus, John Kasich, Old man George Bush, Democrats, Republicans, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Ali-Frazier, Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Samuel Tilden, Rutherford Hayes, Abraham Lincoln, The People’s Party, William Jennings Bryan, William McKinley, Herbert Hoover, Al Smith, Franklin Roosevelt, The New Deal, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Fortune Magazine, Dwight Eisenhower

The Two Party System is Officially a Nightmare

by Akim Reinhardt Much has been made of the fact that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two most loathed presidential candidates since the birth of polling. Each of them has managed to alienate roughly half the country. About a quarter of Americans despise both of them. They make Barry Goldwater, Michael Dukakis, and…

Why You’re Going to Vote for Trump and How You Can Win a Free Ticket to Mexico

by Akim Reinhardt Hello. My name is Akim Reinhardt, I was very, very wrong, and now it's time for me to pay for my mistakes. The good news is, when I pay, you just might be the one to collect. My loss can be your windfall. The catch? You'll have to publicly debase yourself almost…

Prince, Bowie, and Glenn Frey: 21st Century Public Mourning as a Rejection of Cold War Culture, or, Why Nobody Really Gives a Shit About that Guy from the Eagles

by Akim Reinhardt David Bowie was a white Englishman. Prince was a black American. Bowie was deeply rooted in the riffs, major/minor chords, and melody of rock-n-roll. Prince was grounded in the syncopated rhythms and arrangements of funk and R&B. Prince's and Bowie's careers did overlap to a degree. Their biggest selling albums, Bowie's Let's…

Some of the People All of the Time (On Trump’s Legion)

by Akim Reinhardt You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. For example, some people will always believe that Abraham Lincoln first uttered this famous aphorism, even though there is no record of him ever…

On Writing a Coffee Table Book

by Akim Reinhardt I wrote my first poem when I was 11 years old. Simple quatrains with an ABCB rhyme scheme, it was a meditation on the 6th grade coming to an end. I enjoyed the work of writing it and was proud of the finished product. Up until that point, whenever an adult had…

From Andrew Jackson to Donald Trump: Chasing the White Working Class

by Akim Reinhardt Progressives, moderates, and even many conservatives are aghast at Donald Trump's populist appeal. As this cantankerous oaf flashes ever brighter in the political pan, they fret that his demagoguery might land him the Republican presidential nomination, and perhaps even carry him all the to White House. I'm not worried about the prospect…