Building a ‘Beloved Community’

It may be too late to save America from Farce-Fascism or disintegration, or possibly both, but its fall will mark neither the end of the human race nor the snuffing out of the struggle for justice. Taking the longest view, which I call the view from Ecclesiastes Junction, or to use the Latin phrase, subContinue reading “Building a ‘Beloved Community’”

The Silent Minority

You hear next to nothing about them, but they may yet be the salvation of American democracy. Ever since the rise of farce-fascism under the leadership of Buffoon-in-Chief Trump, those of us with steadfast left-liberal beliefs who nevertheless had respect for the principle of conservatism, and for family, friends and neighbors who we knew toContinue reading “The Silent Minority”

Progress or Pessimism? Why Not Both?

For in great wisdom is great grief, and if you add to your knowledge, you add to your sorrow.—Ecclesiastes 1:18 It is a commonplace of political theory that all reformers of the “left,” from the mildest liberal to the most radical revolutionary, share a faith in the malleability of human nature. The underlying concept isContinue reading “Progress or Pessimism? Why Not Both?”

Let It Not Be Said We Didn’t Fight Back

The morning after the disastrous 2016 election, I received an email from Hillary Clinton’s campaign (purportedly from the candidate herself), politely thanking me for my work as a volunteer. I’m not proud to recount that I responded immediately with an expletive and the following screed: “I worked for you, walked door to door, donated money,Continue reading “Let It Not Be Said We Didn’t Fight Back”

The World Science Fiction Society Betrays Humanity

My apologies in advance for posting on a subject of relatively narrow interest, but it does speak to the wider theme of the moral and political confusion so characteristic of our times. The World Science Fiction Society organizes the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), which was held in Washington, D.C. this year (and known asContinue reading “The World Science Fiction Society Betrays Humanity”

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