.Columns & Editorials

Nov 30, 2022

The Eagle and the Condor

Loving nature or profiting from it It’s fascinating how “interests” interfere with survival. Humans prepare for—and, of course, wage—war with an overwhelming percentage of their resources (to the benefit of the profiteers), but they plead poverty when it comes to helping people or, as one knows, saving the planet. Humanity! The...
Oct 12, 2022

Politics As Usual: In Richmond elections, ‘follow the money’ is good advice

As Election Day 2022 approaches, as usual, it’s never a dull moment in Richmond politics. Mayor Tom Butt is termed out, and the city is electing council members representing the three remaining newly districted seats, the result...
Sep 28, 2022

You Belong to U.S.: The U.S. military and American youth

Ah, the children! They belong to us, sayeth the Department of Defense. At least some of them do. It’s a little more complicated than it used to be, thanks to one of the changes that occurred back in 1973,...
Sep 21, 2022

Whose Religious Liberty?: Christian fundamentalism may inhibit progress, but cannot stop it

As keynote speaker at Notre Dame’s Religious Liberty Summit conference in Rome last July, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said that “religious liberty is under attack.”  Speaking at an earlier Notre Dame event, William Barr claimed there is...
Sep 7, 2022

No Easy Task: What I learned about governments by reading classified documents

Donald Trump’s illegal retention of classified U.S. government records reminded me that I have been reading these kinds of sensitive official files after their declassification―and learning from them―for decades. The reason is that I am a scholar of...
Aug 31, 2022

Hate by Another Name: Clear the smokescreen from immigration policy

Tommy Esquivel had a lot to celebrate when he graduated this past June from Los Angeles’ Hollywood High School. He had done well academically, played on the baseball team and rendered valuable service to his school, including...
Aug 17, 2022

Civil War?: White supremacists want ‘their’ country back

Is an insurrection percolating in the MAGA universe? A civil war? One thing I notice as I read the growing warnings that this is the case, is the assumption that suddenly the United States has become a divided...
Aug 3, 2022

The Cynics’ Monkey Wrench: Creating context in an era of chaos

If you depart from an “us vs. them” philosophy of life, your first confrontation is likely to be with the cynics. Last week, for instance, I wrote about the weekend I spent, a decade ago, getting handgun training...
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