The Folly of Social Media

The issue with activism, particularly of the super woke variety, is that many people excrete manufactured outrage and peddle fiction — even if unknowingly, or with good intentions. Those who shout the loudest get the most attention. Followers yell from the rooftops, cogs in an Instagram-industrial complex, reposting as a reflex, advancing the agenda of maligned or misinformed actors. They are merely masquerading as agents of social change — but their misinformation and disinformation is dangerous in that it is convincing to their millions of followers who blindly trust it.

Internet celebrities posting about complex…


Tomorrow — the day after the election — will be an immensely important day in history.

Democracy isn’t self-executing. It works, only if people make it work. To some extent it’s an honor system. It relies on those in power to implement it. The President must adhere to basic, fundamental rules, on which the infrastructure of government relies.

When Al Gore conceded the election in 2000, he took a bullet for the country. Donald Trump has proven time and again he knows no bottom. He’ll fire a bullet into the country if he can derive political gain. …


My two-cents on Trump and the political discourse in the United States

When Donald Trump campaigned in 2016, he said: What do we have to lose? Well, it turns out, quite a lot.

Trump promised winning — but I’m not able to discern a lot of it. He’s relentless in self-promotion but his claims seem to be farther removed from reality with each day. He went to Florida — which now has 100,00 more cases of the Coronavirus than New York, and double the tally of hard-hit Italy — and said the United States is the envy of the world…


Weiss’ states her coworkers wanted her rooted out of the New York Times if is to be a truly “inclusive” environment — which, of course, is illogical: to cast aside views other than your own — and to discredit those espousing them — in order to make way for tolerance and inclusivity. It’s a false tolerance and inclusivity, built on, uniformity, and a very narrow definition of what is accepted, and what can be said, and what opinions can be held. …


Mr. Trump’s iron-fisted instinct is one of a cascade of behaviors that bode poorly for American democracy. It is not alarmist to say, if Mr. Trump is reelected, we may see such a perversion of democratic processes and apparatuses as to mirror more the authoritarian regimes of Turkey and Russia than the United States. The spectacle in Washington DC the other day laid bare that Mr. Trump has no fidelity to the traditions of US democracy — for one, that we don’t use the military to “quell” protesters, and that peaceful (note: peaceful) protests are not only tolerated but also…


Neither Party has a Monopoly on Good Ideas.

But crises have a way of laying bare truths that, prior, were clouded from public view.

The divergent paths of the United States and South Korea — where the US has been far less successful in mitigating the virus — lays bare the failure of US leadership. Pushing for a premature reopening of the nation’s economy — while the numbers of infections and deaths rise — is to lead the nation on a perilous mission. The Republican Party under Trump is so entranced by markets and money so as to propagate the…


I have pondered, in isolation, for many long minutes on many long days, what is gone and what remains, what we have lost and what we’ve gained.

The scope and nature of isolation, of course, is subjective.

I strolled, under the April sun, alone with my phone, and stumbled upon a cat who makes a home of an outdoor gym. From what I gather she lives a rather dignified life. I imagine she’s very fit. She saw me and I saw her. And I knew something was right. She galloped toward me, sat beside me, and butted her head against…


This may not be the end of days, but the mood is grim.

New Year’s Eve is a perennial disappointment. So much planning, anticipation, jumbled recitals of sentimental songs, awkward kisses. And then, when the party is over, nothing changes. There is a brief but fleeting sense of renewal that erodes around January 4th. The first month of the year is dreary slog, but things improve, as winter turns to spring. 2019 was OK. I did some interesting things. I traveled to some interesting places. I wasn’t sure about 2020. But I wasn’t expecting this.

Things didn’t work out quite…

Daniel Dolgicer

Cardozo Law school alum. Real estate broker. Native New Yorker. Lived in Israel. Passionate about tomatoes, men’s suits, and big hair. More silly than serious.

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