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Religious Wrongs

Be careful what you wish for. This warning is a popular idiom and cliché, in this case one not attributed to Shakespeare or Aesop or any Greek philosopher, but one that is useful as a cautionary reminder. We should all … Continue reading

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Commons Problems

If you want to talk about the environment or natural resources or about publicly available information or even privately held resources that are widely shared, you should recognize a concept that describes a well-researched and widely recognized problem. One of … Continue reading

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Poor Connections

In interviews and campaign press releases, Republican leaders like to brag about their humble beginnings and how much they care about people who are suffering financially. This has been a common GOP strategy at least as far back as the … Continue reading

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Envy, Fear, Hate

Envy and self-pity, and the negative feelings that result from them, are normal human emotions. Envy and self-pity are also often connected, not only in the sense that they can arise from the same life experiences, but because they tend … Continue reading

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Trump the GOP!

Two significant political systems in the United States are apparently mystified by the unfolding events in the Republican race for the White House. One of them, according to the media, is the Republican Party itself, or at least the “establishment” … Continue reading

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Words of Terror

There is one thing we must recognize if we are at all aware of the interactions of language and history, or language and politics, or language and human understanding: The words we use affect the way we organize our perceptions. … Continue reading

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Tenure and Teaching

In California a district judge has responded to a lawsuit by throwing out the state’s tenure protections for teachers, including the provisions that require schools to consider job seniority in decisions regarding hiring and laying off teachers. One of my … Continue reading

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