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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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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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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…

If Not Now, When? Stopping Genocide!

    When I first saw this picture of this woman lying on the grave of a loved one, it touched my soul & I thought of how many millions of people around this planet must have experienced such a deep, soul-wrenching pain.…

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?”…

Globalization from My Perspective

Excuse me if I ramble but this is one of those pieces where my creative daemon woke me & wouldn’t let me go back to sleep until I had done its bidding. I understand what some artists mean when they say that they are merely…

Compassionate Conservatism

Compassionate Conservatism is a political doctrine that was suppose to define the George W. Bush presidency. Some argue that this doctrine helped Bush to win the presidency but I contend yeah, if you overlook the fact that his brother…

Business as Usual

  I don’t read the business section of the newspaper, in fact, I don’t read newspapers or watch television news at all. Why? Because I have long known that it is primarily propaganda. And this is why it cracks me up when…

Why I'm So Serious

A well-intentioned friend of mine recently told me that my writing is too full of doom & gloom and this got me to thinking or reflecting on whether this could be true? And this isn’t the first time I have heard this opinion regarding…
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The Truly Pornographic

The Truly Pornographic The other day, my ex-wife got upset at some photos I had printed of some nude women. I believe these photos are excellent examples of natural beauty & are every bit as lovely as Michelangelo’s “David,”…
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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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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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Knowledge is Power!

“Knowledge is Power!” Alternative media is obviously crucial for us to inform ourselves but the most important tool for empowering ourselves is a solid grounding in critical and analytical thinking skills. There are several factors…