Leading a Team, Leading a Nation

By Frank Blechman We all know the (supposedly African) proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Intuitively translated in general terms, that principle becomes, “It takes a team to tackle a complicated task.” “It takes a village to… Read More ›

Right Person, Right Time

Shortly after noon on August 9, 1974, in the East Room of the White House, Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States. His first words after taking the oath of office were “My… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

TRICK, NO TREAT:  KIDS’ PARTIES AS SUPERSPREADER EVENTS According to Loudoun’s Health Department director, COVID cases in the county continue to climb, and the department is now tracking at least three outbreaks resulting from kids’ Halloween parties. He said these… Read More ›

Popular Vote 2020: Implications

There is no dispute that the voter turnout in 2020 dwarfed that of 2016. The meaning of the turnout and the distribution of ballots by political party and by demographic constituency will interest pundits and party strategists for a very… Read More ›

Racism Mimics Viral Pandemic

Editors’ Note: This article relies upon news reporting from several Irish newspapers. VoxFairfax has generally avoided commentary on international affairs, but a recent flap in Britain could not be ignored, mostly because its elements were remarkably similar, if not identical,… Read More ›

Briefly Noted . . .

SCHOOL SEGREGATION LONG GONE, RIGHT? RIGHT? According to a new report from VCU and Penn State, school segregation is getting worse in Virginia, not better. And one driving factor is segregation within school districts. The report calls on state leaders… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

SARAH LOUISE PALIN “I can see Russia from my house!” This statement should resonate with you as synonymous with the shooting star candidacy of Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, running with John McCain. While the ticket lost… Read More ›

Tribalism: Where Does It Lead?

By Frank Blechman I have a former colleague, a professor at George Mason University, who has been writing recently about neo-tribalism. He describes this as the way groups of people bond together over common values, experiences (including vicarious ones, such… Read More ›