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Fear and Hoping

In last month’s post (on this same topic) I noted that many of the emotions of envy and fear and hatred displayed by modern conservatives are common human reactions to situations which seem unfair. I noted that I had experienced … Continue reading

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Gilded Age II

I often read historical accounts of the Gilded Age, that half-century of rapid industrial growth and massive concentration of wealth that followed the end of the Civil War in the United States. Between 1870 and 1920 there were several significant … Continue reading

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What Magna Carta?

This past week there was a significant official ceremony marking the anniversary of an event of far-reaching historical importance. No, I’m not talking about the bicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (June 18th, 1815), which was also marked by … Continue reading

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The Evils of Elections

This week I opened the latest copy of my favorite magazine, The Nation, to find a revival of a classic leftist political argument—the question of the lesser of two evils. It appeared in several letters to the editor in response … Continue reading

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Enthralled with Religion

We took a long drive to Colorado recently, and one of the books-on-disk we took along, the only one we actually managed to finish, was The Thrall’s Tale by Judith Lindbergh. It is a 2005 novel we found at a … Continue reading

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TEA: Take Everything Away

Ah, the truth about Conservatives and taxes; if only everyone knew the reality of their inglorious past instead of their well-constructed hype. The recent unofficial budget-related proposals of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, otherwise known as the … Continue reading

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Why the 14th Amendment?

There has been a recent spate of arguments in favor of amending the United States Constitution.  Pressure to amend an amendment, actually. This new push is coming from conservatives, but it’s not a new impulse among them, and their true … Continue reading

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