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Sabine Oishi: When the US bombed Switzerland

Although Switzerland was not actively involved in WWII, it suffered a total of seventy bombings by Allied airplanes between 1940 and 1945.

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

Baron Wormser: Doing Great

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

January 22, 2023 · 6 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

Matthew J. Parker: The Howling Resurrection of Ninemile

Until very recently, the score stood at Cows, 99,200,000, Wolves 0…. It took a lot of money to kill every last wolf out of the West. We behaved badly doing it: setting them on fire, feeding them ground up glass, et cetera.

January 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Charlie Amáyá Scott: Beyond the Binary | Retelling the Diné Creation Story

I have spent years learning and unlearning what it means to be Diné and to be Queer and to be Trans in this world—this world that denied me First Woman’s gift. Now I am reclaiming this gift.

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

Nolo Segundo: The Day I Remembered My Soul

When I was 24, I killed myself. I put it that bluntly because it was not an attempted suicide, a cry for help, but a decision to self-murder. Yes, it … Continue reading

January 4, 2023 · 6 Comments

Vox Populi: The 15 most popular posts of 2022

During 2022, Vox Populi published 737 posts including poetry, essays and short films. Here are the fifteen most visited.

December 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Andy Kroll: Lessons Learned in the Internet’s Darkest Corners

This technology exerts such a powerful pull on our psychology and our identity, and is so pervasive in our lives, that it changes how we think, behave, and relate to one another. The effect, multiplied across billions of users, has been to change society itself.

December 26, 2022 · 2 Comments

Julie Poole: The Underground Economy of Unpaid Care

More than 40 million people provide unpaid care for adults. My mother was one of them.

December 22, 2022 · 3 Comments

Dennis Patrick Slattery: Aging in Body, Eldering in Spirit

Our culture is hungry for voices of elders to share their wisdom with us, to counter the fierce energy of adolescent flames that insists on “my” and “me” to the exclusion of “us” and “we.”

December 18, 2022 · 7 Comments

Matthew J. Parker: Taxation by Citation

The collateral damage caused by the Pledge is everywhere, from crumbling infrastructure and piss poor cyber security to underfunded police and debtors’ jails. 

December 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

Baron Wormser: Lives of the Heroes

 When I was a boy, around the ages of nine and ten, I read dozens of biographies. I can still see the books.

December 11, 2022 · 7 Comments

Sabine Oishi: Heart to Heart | The Grandmother Thing

Thanks to our grandchildren we have a future. We are their bridge back to the land of ‘before’. They are the road not yet traveled.

December 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

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