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Rafael Cadenas: Beloved Country

So much of you remains unopened, like music lost inside me.
Country to which I return every time I go broke.

July 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Courage of Teachers

In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a young teacher standing to the side, listening to the speeches, watching warily as the crowd grew. Someone shouted Take Over the Administration! and the crowd chanted Take Over! Take over! Take Over! The crowd, now a mob…

February 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: War Without Cost and Patriotism Without Sacrifice or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Draft

It is the logic of our times, No subject for immortal verse— That we who lived by honest dreams Defend the bad against the worse. — Cecil Day-Lewis . I … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Richard Sahn: Thoughts on Patriotism and War

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Scene from the movie, “Platoon” Richard Sahn The other night I was watching the movie “Platoon” on television. An American soldier was killed every…

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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