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Walden Pond Intimations: The Time for Civil Disobedience Has Come

“There will never be a really free and enlightened State,” Thoreau wrote, “until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” Thoreau asks for a State that is “just to all men” and “to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor.”
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May 31st: Watch The Keepers (Netflix)

This week I became absorbed with Netflix’s crime documentary The Keepers about the sexual abuse of a priest who got away with it for years by being moved to another school/church (Remember Spotlight?). At one of the schools, a nun … Continue reading

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April 6th: It’s All in the Language…

Now that Trump is pulled in two critical directions (North Korea and Syria), the chatter in the press about Russian collusion has quieted down somewhat, while Trump tries to convince us of the bigger story here: surveillance by Obama and … Continue reading

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Why the Passing of Debbie Reynolds Has Put a Knot in my Stomach

The glamor and good cheer of Singin’ in the Rain exuded America’s poise and confidence, and, if you will, its essential goodness and freedom, made possible by that great generation of young men and women who had put their lives on the line for a part of the world so very distant from their plains, prairies and skyscraper cities. Of course the Russians and British were responsible for this remarkable feat as well but it was America, in my mind, the likes of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds who seemed to personify that new world order of American grit and grace. Continue reading

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