Author Archives: Robert Tighe

Insurrelection

After two months of uncertainty the 2020 election cycle has finally been completed. As usual, it has provided us with significant information about our electorate and the issues that motivate them. And as usual, the analyses provided by our political … Continue reading

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Small Green Steps

Our household has just made a small major leap into the future, the green future. The significance and yet smallness of that leap, in regard to our continuing but also relatively small personal commitment to reduce the destruction of our … Continue reading

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By Any Other Name

Some political labels are, at best, chameleons. It’s not their fault. They are complex constructs that inspire different responses in the minds of different people, involving innumerable stories that persist over decades. Their adaptive coloring matches the conceptual background provided … Continue reading

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Customary Collapse

As I began writing this, in late September, 2020, I have just finished viewing the installation of the casket of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the statuary hall in the United States Capitol building. There were distinctive featuresin this ceremony; for … Continue reading

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Mumblecore Reviewed

“How now, brown cow.” That phrase may not be as well-known as “the rain in Spain,” but it was a cliché of actor training decades ago. It may still be a standard practice, as far as I know, but for … Continue reading

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Individual Myth

For decades now we as a society have been following the social preferences of what Lynn Parramore, in an October 26, 2019 episode of Evonomics, called homo economicus, the supposedly rational human for whom the highest and best path for … Continue reading

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Defund What?

Proposals to “Defund the Police” are trending as I write this, spurred on by the deaths of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor, among others. But the defund movement has a much longer history in the United States, with serious arguments … Continue reading

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Police Disruption 2

I prefaced my first post on this subject by noting that I have been a participant in many protests in my adult life. The causes have differed widely, including opposition to various wars, support for civil rights, rejection of pipelines, … Continue reading

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Police Disruption 1

I have been a participant in many protests in my adult life. The causes have differed widely, including opposition to various wars, support for civil rights, rejection of pipelines, and dissent against the election of a sexist and racist president. … Continue reading

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Monumental Virus

In Oakland, California, where I spent the first eighteen years of my life, I was aware of several major landmarks. All of these are within a mile of the downtown and city hall, and but one of them I visited … Continue reading

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