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A Tribute to Noam Chomsky

I hardly know where to begin or how to begin but want to say that I’m writing this tribute while Noam is still alive because I intend to send it to him and want to express my admiration & respect for his life-long pursuit of truth.…
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An Ideal Education

The School of Athens  (Dora Polk, one of the greatest teachers I've ever known!) For a start, I believe that the best place to begin talking about an ideal education is with  the subject of philosophy because philosophy is the love of…

As Puerto Rico Goes, So Goes Imperialist America!

  A few thoughts on America’s glaring hypocrisy as revealed in the political campaigning going on at present. I assume you still remember the phrase that we were inundated with at the beginning of the world-wide economic collapse of…
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The Forces Against Us

Most of us have no idea of how sinister & powerful the forces arrayed against us are. And what really saddens me is that nearly everyone I know & have met in my life don’t give a shit about our slavery, humiliation, & oppression.…
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Social Networking & the Corporate Agenda

I periodically check out the website for the PBS series “Frontline” for political exposes because they have produced some fantastic stories over the years. The story I just watched is titled “Generation Like” which caught my eye because…

The Grand Facade

    I am going to forewarn you that this is going to be a very cynical, pessimistic, & negative essay. As the saying goes, you can put lipstick on a pig but it won’t make it pretty. And the pigs at the heart of this…

Memorial Day Remembered

Being that this is Memorial Day weekend, I felt it important to attempt to connect the dots or express my feelings about this time-honored holiday in a much broader context. I got the idea for this essay from reading an excellent book by Gore…

Poverty is the Worst form of Violence!

    This is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that I came across a few weeks back and thought it’d be a good essay title. I am going to relate experiences from my past with my perspectives on the connections between poverty and…

We are All on the Res Now!

  The Occupy Wall St. movement here in America & the world-wide social revolution is a physical manifestation of the realization that we, the 99% of the world's population not born with silver spoons in our mouths, are…

The Politics of Patriotism

        “Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Supreme Court once said that he would like to see these words ‘I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that ye may be mistaken,’ inscribed ‘over the portals of every church, every…
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Welcome to the Machine!

[Mark Twain feared to publish this until after his death because he knew how deadly those "Christians" are]  Well we’re two weeks into Donald of the Duck Dynasty Klan’s reign of terror and it seems he’s serious in his agenda…
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In Defense of Immigrants

  I originally intended to write an essay about the greatest job of my life but then thought I could tie it in nicely with the latest bit of bad news from corporate cabal in the White House. I know that I’m probably not telling most of…
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Be-Aware of the military-industrial-congressional-financial-media-intelligence agencies-academic complex!

It’s now been over a half-century since President Eisenhower’s ominous warning as he was leaving office but bear in mind, he oversaw the rise of this threat to our democracy while he was president & our industrial base was turned to…
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With God on Our Side

I borrowed this title from the famous song by Bob Dylan in the 1960s because I feel it’s very appropriate in the context of this subject matter. Today marks the ten year anniversary of the tragic consequences of Hurricane Katrina &…
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The United States of Amnesia

I borrowed the title of this essay from the wry wit of Gore Vidal and it sums America up succinctly. Our attention span is approaching that of a house-fly, so here’s a checklist of what the tens of trillions that our War Dept. has euphemistically…
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An Open Letter to my Facebook friends

Well once again I see that I’m “Old School” because I have the perhaps quaint, old fashioned view of friendship. In my view, friendship is based on several things but one of the key requirements for friendship in my book is Respect between…
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What's Wrong with America!

"In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing." (Edward Burke)   In a nutshell, what’s wrong with America is apathy and armchair activists. I am referring to those who like to think they’re…
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What is A True Education?

What is A True Education?     I’m available to provide academic assistance in the following areas: reading comprehension, literature, history, social studies, critical & analytical thinking, political science, philosophy, study skills,…
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From Bone-head English to Noam Chomsky

From Bone-head English to Noam Chomsky      I was listening to music last night and drinking a beer when an ironic thought occurred to me. Back when I was 19 years old & first took the English placement test at a community college…
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Dying for an Education!

Dying for an Education! I just watched a video on Free Speech T.V. about the memorial to our soldiers who died in Iraq i.e. the white crosses on the beach, and a good number of the young soldiers who survived & were there to pay their…

Why Knowledge is Power!

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It Can't Happen Here?

                I borrowed the title of this essay from the novel by Sinclair Lewis that warned of the coming of fascism to America. Of course, most Americans first reaction is that this is an impossibility in the home of the…
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I Must Be the World's Biggest Fool?

              And it really puzzles me where I went wrong? I guess it must be true that the world is full of educated idiots? It really amazes me that I could be so wrong and for such a long time.              …