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…
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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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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…

Law & Order vs. Truth & Justice

I recently watched a movie titled 88 Minutes with Al Pacino starring in it. It was a murder/mystery genre film and one of Pacino’s last lines inspired me to write this essay i.e. “justice and truth, where do they intersect?”…
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Fundamentalists and Fascists

 Dylan's "With God on Our Side" What do fundamentalists and fascists have in common? Frighteningly, quite a bit. I am going to briefly list and describe the parallels between them from my perspective. And while I’m speaking about Christian…
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United We Stand, Divided We Fall!

  My daemon woke me in the middle of the night recently and forced me to jot down the outline of this essay. We have been told that America is a class-less society and this is the land of equal opportunity where everyone has the chance…
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How We Can Empower Ourselves!

     I got the idea for this essay as I was reading some of the comments I have been receiving on my blog site. First of all I want to be clear that I, in no way, claim to have all the answers or a corner on "the truth." No, my friends,…
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The Grapes of Wrath Today

      The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck in 1940 and set in The Great Depression, was & is a great indictment against the rich who de facto rule our world. By the way, did you know that the Great Depression was originally…
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Why People Believe Fear and Hate Mongers

Why People Believe Fear and Hate Mongers The January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona that targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and resulted in the death of six people and the wounding of 13 others caused me to write to Professor…