Opening Act: Uber

Chris Hedges tells you how to think.

Human societies see what they want to see. They create national myths of identity out of a composite of historical events and fantasy. They ignore unpleasant facts that intrude on self-glorification. They trust naively in the notion of linear progress and in assured national dominance. This is what nationalism is about—lies.

And so forth.

Scott Brown’s pitch for a new “Stolen Valor” law (the last one having been struck down by SCOTUS) kind of reinforces the idea that this legislation is pushed when the politics work. Brown’s opponent, Elizabeth Warren, spent two months tamping down the stor that she was unfairly listed as a “Native American” in Harvard’s diversity register.

Speaking of which, Democrats have lost a shot at an Arkansas seat they used to hold, after their candidate revealed that he’d misstated his military service.

The battle to save Uber, an easy-to-use sedan service that’s more reliable than D.C. cabs, gets more complicated today.