Vox Populi

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Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 5 Comments

Jon Tribble: 38,000,000 Reasons

I had left the Colonel and his kitchen behind for good and was detoxing as a movie theater usher in the last of my senior year of high school, but … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Dirty War

desaparecido it’s not the police you see Eduardo says fear the police you can’t sometimes you hear the missing sometimes you don’t they open their mouths and make that sound … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Accidental Re-Wilding

I stepped out into the sunlight, scarcely able to believe what I had seen or, rather, what I had not. I stared at the hills around me, contrasting them with … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sarah van Gelder: To the Millions Who Have Stood Up to the Trump Administration — Thank You

The Republican health care bill is dead. Good riddance. The bill was so harsh that even Donald Trump called the House version “mean.” And yet, this legislation was stopped at … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Ruth Clark: Here in Hereford — The Grotto

Two weeks of brutal heat, the highest temperatures we have ever experienced, well into the 100’s. The first week very dry, the second, humidity slowly rising.  No monsoon rains will … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Feeling Not Quite So Hopeless in a World on the Skids

Why the Resistance is fertile, not futile. In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s 1984 soared onto bestseller lists, as did Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here and … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joshua Wilkey: Blessed are the White Trash

I grew up poor. Often, when one reads memoirs or oral histories from folks who grew up where I did — that is, in Appalachia, or in the South, or somewhere … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

Robert C. Koehler: Fire Burn, Caldron Bubble

America serves up its news in a caldron from hell, or so it sometimes seems. The fragments are all simmering in the same juice: bombs and drones and travel bans, … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: In the Someday with the Sound of All the Passing Years

We only have one TV in the house, and last night Julien took a break from whatever he wanted to watch and let Maggie take control of it. What she … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Of Guns And Our Crazy Neighbor

I teach in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. Belleville is the home of James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on congressmen and staffers at a G. O. … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Kirschner: Parochial Pain

Screened-in porch. In summer. Orchard darkness in a fox pelt of woods. Quiet flat as a dime, as the Midwest itself. I rock, smoke cigarettes. The bead-heads of tobacco smell … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment