On Caravans and Conservatives

There is a huge caravan of refugees on their way to the United States, fleeing social conditions that the United States was instrumental in creating. What is our moral responsibility in preserving the basic human dignity and secure the fundamental human rights of these people? And how do we prepare ourselves for doing just that? This is the real issue, and this is exactly what we are not talking about. 

The Russia Thing

We need to slow our thinking down on the so-called Trump/Russia scandal. Fight for a comprehensive investigation, but not to the neglect of other, more pressing issues.

A Taste of Our Own Medicine

HAS ANY NATION DISRUPTED MORE ELECTIONS THAN THE UNITED STATES As an American, I must admit that I have a visceral anger and embarrassment when I examine the growing evidence of Russian interference in the US election in favor of a carnival barker with no right to be anywhere near the White House, let alone... Continue Reading →

RIP Tom Hayden

ICONIC SIXTIES MOVEMENT LEADER REFLECTS ON HIS LIFE Tom Hayden was a founder of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and one of the authors of the inspiring Port Huron Statement. As such, Hayden was instrumental in redefining American Liberalism as a movement dedicated to equality, peace and justice. Those dedicated to these values,... Continue Reading →

Brexit, Neoliberalism and Empire

BREXIT IS JUST ANOTHER SYMPTOM OF A DISEASED GLOBAL SYSTEM Yesterday I sat down to make sense of the Brexit vote. This was asking a bit much as the "leave" vote seemed such a clear folly that it is mind-boggling that it happened at all. So I sat behind my computer and tried to concentrate... Continue Reading →

The Truth about Torture and Trump

TORTURE IS THE FIRST TOOL OF THE TYRANT The New York Times reports today that the government has declassified some transcripts from torture victims at Guantanamo Bay. Predictably, the transcripts remain heavily redacted, limiting their value. However, some new information does come to light based on an analysis of the documents. Equally predictable, the new release... Continue Reading →

Using Flying Killer Robots is Terrorism

NO DIFFERENT FROM SUICIDE BOMBINGS AND OTHER ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS What is it that puts the "terror" in terrorism? One might argue that the true terror is never really knowing where the terrorists are going to strike. This creates a paranoic mentality in which each step of everyday life must be measured against its potential of... Continue Reading →

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