Out of the Woods Blog Posts

  • 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...
  • on Jul 31, 2016
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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...
  • on Jun 13, 2016 in guns mass shootings Trump Violence
    What ails us?When the police come to the wrong house, they are met by an old man with a shotgun aimed at them. A teenager coming home late is shot by his father who mistakes him for an intruder. A two year old reaches in his mother's purse and fires...
  • on Jun 5, 2016 in aggression Hiroshima Vietnam
    A Plea for Common SenseOn his recent trip to Vietnam and Japan, Pres. Obama announced the founding of an American university, to be called "Fulbright University", in Vietnam. Bob Kerrey is  set to be its president.  Kerrey, was most recentl...
  • on May 26, 2016 in reparations slavery
                               Slavery and the Holocaust Twenty-four states in the US have Holocaust museums. In many o...
  • on May 15, 2016 in wind power
    Corporate welfare The term "corporate welfare" was coined by Ralph Nader in 1956 and has since become a standard criticism of government support for corporations and for the very rich.Recently a new website has appeared called "Subsidy Tracker/G...
  • on May 8, 2016
    You Gotta be RichAn article in this morning's paper seems to be telling to unrelated stories, but the stories did have the same message: if you want a good life in these United States, you had better be rich.The first story talks about the building b...
  •                             Democracy at home and abroad. Together with untold destruction and suffering, we d...
  • on Apr 24, 2016 in race hatred self-respect suicide
    Why Racial Turmoil?Racial divisions have lately been in the news with many protests against police rampages in black communities.Harvard University has responded to these major injustices by putting on one of its buildings a small plaque that commemo...
  • The Crisis in oufr Values
    on Apr 10, 2016 in drug overdoses get rich values
    The Crisis in our Values If the current presidential campaign teaches us anything, it is that America is suffering from a serious lack of positive goals, of projects that arouse the enthusiasm of citizens and make them feel that their life has a...
  • on Apr 3, 2016 in gerrymadering photo ID primary
    The Lesson from the Arizona Primary The word "democracy" is a composite of two Greek words--"demos", the people and "kratein", to rule. Democracy is the rule of the people. That is what we keep saying, and that is what democracy theorists keep telli...
  • on Mar 26, 2016 in class credentials education
    Our Educational Caste SystemI said in an earlier blog that the ascendance of Donald Trump is an embarrassment to our educational system. Donald Trump is an uneducated person. He appeals to people who are also uneducated. Given his large-scale support...
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