Tag Archives: Democracy

Republican Alternative Reality Excludes Democracy

One can look ¬†practically any single day in the last twelve months and find plenty of evidence that the Republican party — not just Trump — is in a severe disconnect from reality. Today on Tucker Carlson (Fox News) some … Continue reading

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Solzhenitsyn at Harvard, 1978

Here are quotes from Solzhenitsy’s famous commencement address to the Harvard Class of 1978. Banished from Russia, he had been living in the US as something of a recluse for four years. Obviously, he was paying attention to what he … Continue reading

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Still Doubt That Trump Is a Tyrant?

This is Monday, February 13, 2017. Trump has been the US president for a little over three weeks, yet there are still some in America who doubt that he has only one style of leadership, that of an autocrat (to … Continue reading

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Trump’s Immigration Illusions

Aside from the obvious discrimination involved, I have two problems with Trump’s immigration orders. First, he is simply being deceptive: We do have problems with crime in the US but crime caused by immigrants is only a very small proportion … Continue reading

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Democracy and Capitalism

Politically, we are a form of modified democracy, more precisely called representative democracy. By calling ourselves a democracy, we mean that the ultimate authority belongs to the people as a whole. The authority of our leaders is granted by the … Continue reading

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January 1, 2018

Today is the first day of 2017 and, because of all the turmoil of the past year, I’m already wondering what January 1, 2018 will be like. Here are some ideas. First and most generally, I have been saying for … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth

It is Christmas Day. a day on which we remember that hope was born. The human and the divine — by the grace of God — met in one person, the baby Jesus. Now there is solid, tangible, historical reason … Continue reading

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