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…

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…
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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…

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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On Deadly Ground-Climate Change Denial!

  The following is my perspective on a PBS Frontline documentary from five years ago called “Climate of Doubt.” The correspondent is John Hockenberry and as the title suggests, it’s about the rise of the Climate ChangeDenial movement.…
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A Clear and Present Danger

  “Clear and present danger was a doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States to determine under what circumstances limits can be placed on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, or assembly.” I borrowed the title…
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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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We Should Be More Concerned about the NSA’s Hacking than the supposed Russians’ hacking

I watched Oliver Stone’s film, “Snowden” yesterday and again today. But today, I paused it many times to take notes. I’m going to share just a few cursory notes from my first viewing. If you want to delve deeper into the subject, you’re…
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Trump & His Buddy, Tony Soprano are the Boardwalk Empire

I know that many of you are too busy with your high tech toys & can't find the time to read about such mundane matters as the possibility of Donald Trump becoming our next president so, I've done the heavy lifting for you.   …
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Why is Donald Trump so Smug?

Because he knows everything about him is a fraud but because of his skillful talents in manipulating the corporate media, he may pull off the biggest scam in American history. Fraud is the mother's milk of American & international business…
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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…

Willful Ignorance is A Cancer on America!

      Preface: before I begin I want to state that my aim is to be briefer than usual because I know that most people aren’t willing to take the time to read anything “too lengthy.” Moreover, many on-line sites…

True Power!

           The recent tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School have reignited the debate between the so-called patriots who believe it’s their Constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms & those of us who believe…
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The Fear of Knowledge

             There is an evil lurking in this land that we proclaim as the champion of freedom & democracy. And that evil is the fear of knowledge. The recent suicide of Aaron Swartz clearly reveals the government’s…

The Free Marketplace of Ideas & Democracy

      [T] hough all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play on the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who…

Obama's Promise of Change

    Let me begin by warning you that I am going to criticize President Obama very harshly in this essay so if you’d rather not hear anything disparaging about Obama in this election season because Mitt Romney, if elected,…

Are the Republicans Serious?

  I voted for President Obama but seriously doubt whether I will vote for him this time. Yeah, I know, but Romney will be so much worse is the common refrain but as long as we keep accepting this lesser of two evils argument,…

The Inhumanity of Corporate Personhood!

      The 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision by the Supreme Court effectively was the final nail in the coffin of American democracy & revealed that like our so-called political representatives…

Behind the War on Terrorism

                Behind the “War on Terror” lies the true war, the Class War. This is the de facto but undeclared war against all of humanity waged by multi-billionaires and their sycophants. And no, this is not another grand…

Let's Occupy Congress!

     I watched the television program 60 Minutes last Sunday, November 13, 2011 and the expose they did called Insiders definitely raised my blood pressure. It confirmed what I've been saying for years i.e. the politicians in "our" Congress…
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Are We Ever Going to Wake-Up?

              “We” (the politicians & the corporate masters) spend $2 billion dollars per week on our war in Afghanistan. Can you remind me again of why we’re in Afghanistan & why we’ve been there for a decade…
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Rick Santorum Belongs in a Sanatorium

                Republican presidential hopefuls returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday, one day after Rick Santorum’s sudden resurgence with a three-state victory. Speaking in Texas, Santorum took aim at what he called…