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Karen J. Greenburg: The Real Failure of January 6th

How America’s Insurrectionists Crossed the Rubicon of History

January 31, 2023 · Leave a comment

Chris Wright: The Inspiring Outrage of Norman Finkelstein

Wokeness is what happens when the destruction of the labor movement proceeds so far, and social atomization becomes so all-consuming, that even the “left” adopts an individualistic, moralistic, psychologistic, censorious, self-righteous, performative approach to making social change.

January 30, 2023 · 7 Comments

Video: Roger Penrose | Why Did Our Universe Begin?

That the universe began seems astonishing. What brought it about? What forces were involved? How did the laws of nature generate the vast expanse of billions of galaxies of billions of stars and planets in the structures that we see today?

January 29, 2023 · Leave a comment

Raphael Falco: How Bob Dylan used the ancient practice of ‘imitatio’ to craft some of the most original songs of his time

Bob Dylan is both a modern voice entirely unique and, at the same time, the product of ancient, time-honored ways of practicing and thinking about creativity.

January 27, 2023 · 5 Comments

Emily Dickinson: The Color of the Grave is Green

The Color of the Grave is Green
The Outer Grave—I mean—
You would not know it from the Field—
Except it own a Stone—

January 27, 2023 · 1 Comment

David Kirby: Broken Promises

I have met them in dark alleys, limping and one-armed;   
I have seen them playing cards under a single light-bulb   
and tried to join in, but they refused me rudely

January 26, 2023 · 2 Comments

Ira Chernus: Who Will Speak Up for My Child, the Drag Queen?

How we treat the most marginal and vulnerable among us determines the quality of life for the rest of us…. A good society takes care of the most vulnerable by assuring their safety…

January 25, 2023 · 10 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Ancient Greece had extreme polarization and civil strife too – how Thucydides can help us understand Jan. 6 and its aftermath

The insights and objectivity of a historian who lived nearly 2,500 years ago can bolster our understanding of the country’s current plight.

January 24, 2023 · 4 Comments

Zane McNeill: Movement to stop Atlanta’s ‘Cop City’ calls for support after police kill forest defender

Atlanta activists are calling for an independent investigation and solidarity, after police killed an Indigenous land defender in a heavily-armed raid.

January 23, 2023 · 3 Comments

Baron Wormser: Doing Great

If a book can be both good-natured and lacerating, Voltaire’s  is that book. 

January 22, 2023 · 6 Comments

William Butler Yeats: Byzantium

blood-begotten spirits come

January 20, 2023 · 5 Comments

Nan Levinson: Is There a World Beyond War?

Women have been at the forefront of peace actions since Lysistrata organized the women of ancient Greece to deny men sex until they ended the Peloponnesian War.

January 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

James Crews: New Year

It’s so cold on this January morning
the condensation in the corner of each window
has frozen to the glass, cannot be wiped away.

January 19, 2023 · 9 Comments

Thom Hartmann: This Is the Dying Phase of Reaganism–and It’s Hideous

The question today is whether we as a nation and a people will recover from Reaganism, or if it will, as Reagan promised, destroy the American experiment of pluralistic liberal democracy.

January 18, 2023 · 9 Comments

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