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  • on Dec 16, 2016 in patriotism
    The American Flag and PatriotismAfter the last presidential election and the surprise victory of Donald Trump, the students at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts took down the flag on their campus. Someone burned an American flag.The flag be...
  • on Dec 4, 2016 in Alt-Right
     Alt-Right   Until the recent presidential campaign, the Alt-Right was just one more fringe group unknown to most of us. But the campaign rhetoric of the President Elect has encouraged these far right wing groups and brought them to th...
  • on Sep 5, 2016 in Labor Day
    Labor dayIt is Labor Day once again, the day chosen to honor American labor. Most American workers have an extra day off. Locally and nationally we hold celebrations where politicians address the people to thank American labor for the prosperity of o...
  • on Aug 19, 2016 in racism white resposibility
    “It is not my Responsibility”: White Americans refuse to take Racism SeriouslyThe Boston Globe reports that Mayor Marty Walsh has begun a series of discussions on race in the city. The meetings are private and by invitation only. Little inf...
  • on Aug 7, 2016 in boredom guranteed basic income work
    Guaranteed Basic IncomeWith more attention being paid to poverty, the suggestion that everyone should be entitled to a guaranteed basic income, has come to the fore again. Advocates imagine that this support for people with little or no income will b...
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  • on Jul 23, 2016 in binary choice transgender
    TransI was recently fortunate to be with a group of young transgender persons who were explaining to a sympathetic audience how they thought about their position in the world.Most often we think of transgender as persons who were born male or female...
  • on Jul 13, 2016 in Fourth of July justice liberty racism
    And Liberty and Justice for AllIt is the first week of July and once again time to congratulate ourselves on our love of freedom, on our democracy and dedication to equality. Reminding ourselves of our wealth and power, our preeminent position in the...
  • on Jul 2, 2016 in capitalism populism working class
       Capitalism, populism and the revolt of the working class. A few days ago, I was cooking dinner and listening to the radio. A talk show was on where the host invites professors and knowledgeable journalists to discuss current issues.
  • on Jun 22, 2016 in terrorism
    Questions after OrlandoAfter the Orlando shootings, MERIP (Middle East Research and Information Project) asked a number of thoughtful observers for their thoughts about the shootings and the reactions to them in the mainstream media. (http://merip.or...
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