Category Archives: Politics

Howard Zinn & Noam Chomsky on “Is There Hope in This Desperate Time?”

I know some of my readers won’t be particularly interested in this, but I thought I’d share it anyway. Recorded in September 2004 to raise funds for Spare Change, a street newspaper, the video brings together two of the top public … Continue reading

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The History of the “Black Dog” as Metaphor

“A light seen suddenly in the storm, snow/ Coming from all sides, like flakes/ Of sleep, and myself/ On the road to the dark barn,/ Halfway there, a black dog near me.” - Robert Bly, from “Melancholia” in The Light Around the … Continue reading

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What Can Mark Twain Tell Us About Syria?

After reading my last post (The Virus of the Mind: Imperialism, Syria, and Selective Accountability), someone directed me to an article written by the political scientist Dr. Joel Johnson (Augustana College). In “A Connecticut Yankee in Saddam’s Court: Mark Twain … Continue reading

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Two brief excerpts from Team of Rivals: Turtles and Ambition

After reading about the upcoming film Lincoln, which is being directed by Spielberg and is slated for release on November 9, 2012, I noticed that it is being based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. specifically, … Continue reading

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Republicans campaigning against sex (since apparently it’s “Freedom of Religion”)

To begin, let me say that I love the fact that the Republican Party in 2012 is running against women’s rights – and not even the traditional issue of a woman’s right to choose but her very right to not get pregnant. … Continue reading

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