OLD GOATS with Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter
Ruminating with friends.
Created 18 Apr 2021
  • Will Co-President Manchin Get His Way?
    23 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 8 2
    Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Subscribe now Bette Midler rightly apologized this week to “the good people of West Virginia” for tweeting about Joe Manchin: “He wants us all to be just like his state, Wes...
  • Ruminating with SWOOSIE KURTZ
    16 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 1 1
    Swoosie Kurtz is an actor’s actor—or actress, as she’s happy to be called—still working constantly at 77, which is all most actors want. Next month, she stars in the second season of “Call Me Kat,” a ...
  • Expose All Big Lie Republicans
    09 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 8 6
    “Paradigm shift” is a concept coined by Thomas Kuhn in his landmark 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Every so often, Kuhn argues, science moves from the “normal science” of accumula...
  • Democrats Can Save Abortion and Voting Rights by Bringing Back the Mr. Smith Filibuster
    02 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 4 1
    Abortion rights advocates holding cardboard cutouts of the Supreme Court Justices, demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Dec. 1, 2021 Subscribe now This article is adapted from one originall...
  • Ruminating with BILL MCKIBBEN
    18 Nov 2021 • 18 min read • 1 0
    Bill McKibben Bill McKibben has become a world-historical figure. He wrote the first book for a general audience on climate change (1989); organized the first global mass movement to protest fossil fu...
  • Ruminating with SUSIE ESSMAN
    11 Nov 2021 • 18 min read • 3 1
    Susie Essman I met Susie Essman—a lifelong New Yorker— in 2008 when we appeared together on stage with Andy Borowitz at the 92nd Street Y. I was the designated non-funny one. The event—focused on that...
  • The Trump Stink Doesn't Spread
    04 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 2 1
    Democrats are bed-wetters by nature, so you can imagine all the soiled sheets on Tuesday night—especially after it became clear that New Jersey, which Joe Biden won by 16 points in 2020, was much clos...
  • Ruminating with GARRY WILLS
    28 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 5 1
    I first met Garry Wills at one of the political conventions of the 1990s. I had long admired him from afar as one of America’s most brilliant public intellectuals and our (few) personal encounters sol...
  • COLIN POWELL (1937-2021)
    19 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 8 4
    Colin Powell was a formidable pioneer—the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the first Black national security adviser and the first Black secretary of state. But he was also a tragic figure, f...
  • Ruminating with RALPH NADER
    14 Oct 2021 • 17 min read • 6 4
    Ralph Nader Ralph Nader is 87 but sharp as ever and still agitating against corporate power. I think Ralph’s history is about to be revisited. Frances Haugen's explosive testimony last week on social ...
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