PREVAIL by Greg Olear

Greg Olear
PREVAIL is a regular column about politics, history, national security, foreign affairs, organized crime, dirty money, global corruption, the fight for democracy—and, on Sundays, poetry and literature.
Created 05 Nov 2019
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  • Sunday Pages: "Harrison Bergeron"
    16 Jan 20221 day ago • 6 min read • 44 31
    Dear Reader, For me, the last normal day of life was Wednesday, March 11, 2020. I was the coach of a middle school girls rec basketball team, and that night, we had what would be our last practice. We...
  • Strongman, Virile Man (with Ruth Ben-Ghiat)
    14 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 40 65
    In her book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, the historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat identifies five key “tools of rule” employed by dictators of the last century. The first is what she calls “A Greater Nati...
  • Matt & Ben, Playing Us for Suckers
    11 Jan 2022 • 7 min read • 63 47
    In 2002, I went to see a new satirical Off Broadway play called “Matt & Ben.” The premise was that the script for Good Will Hunting, which had won the titular Damon & Affleck an Academy Award for Best...
  • Sunday Pages: "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"
    09 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 54 32
    Dear Reader, Looking back at the events of the past week, it occurs to me that we are in a paradoxical loop, where the news is both coming too fast to process, but also not fast enough to bring relief...
  • Jan 6: The Truth About the Traitors (with Hugo Lowell)
    07 Jan 2022 • 8 min read • 48 16
    “We saw it with our own eyes. Rioters menaced these halls, threatening the life of the Speaker of the House, literally erecting gallows to hang the Vice President of the United States of America.” —Pr...
  • GOP: The Cosplay Confederacy
    04 Jan 2022 • 8 min read • 73 29
    The Republican Party styling itself “the Party of Lincoln” is like the Emperor Palpatine branding the Dark Side of the Force “the Jedi of Anakin Skywalker.” It may technically be true, but it’s extrem...
  • Sunday Pages: "Don't Look Up"
    02 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 84 17
    Dear Reader, Long time, no see! The omicron-diluted holidays are over, and normal life, such as it is, resumes. I got my booster at 4pm on December 30, and spent most of New Year’s Eve in a pleasant, ...
  • Auld Lang Sigh
    31 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 25 14
    New Year’s Eve is usually spent waiting. We wait to leave work, wait for the party to start, wait for the alcohol to kick in, wait for the ball to drop, wait for a ride home, all the while waiting to ...
  • Sunday Pages: "Station Eleven"
    19 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 64 26
    Dear Reader, The reason there has never been a motion picture adaptation of The Catcher in the Rye is because J.D Salinger would not allow it. For half a century, he flat-out refused to sell the film ...
  • Making the Bad Guys Pay (with Katherine Mulhern of Restitution)
    17 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 42 6
    Most of the frustration directed at Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice derives from the fact that the bad guys are getting away with it. At least, that’s how it appears. And in a narrative ...
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