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Mourning in America: The GOP Campaign and MoS, 2015

December 15, 2015

  Note: This is the third installment of our MoS Best of 2015    2015 brought down the level of discourse in American politics.  A nation in thrall to the sloppy demagoguery of The Donald cannot think clearly.  Police shootings, mass shootings and acts of terror seem to crowd out space for rational discussion.  The year’s… Read More ›

Summer of Trump: A Primer

Google’s tracking of the most-searched presidential candidate recently found Sanders on top in Vermont, Oregon and Washington. Trump prevailed in the other 47 states. Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times, August 14   “You are going to love President Trump.”  The Donald       Donald Trump has owned the Republican Party’s presidential summer of love. His… Read More ›

She probably doesn’t want my Progressive feminist sympathy, but I’m giving it to her anyway: Thoughts on the Republican Debate, Donald Trump, and Fox’s Megyn Kelly

  Was it just me, or was Thursday night’s Republican debate deeply, deeply weird? The entire event seemed farcical, as though we were all watching a Saturday Night Live sketch of the nuttiest idiosyncrasies of the candidates. And yet Lorne Michaels was nowhere in sight. Presumably, the sixteen men and one woman (of course) who… Read More ›

MARCO RUBIO, Stuck in the Middle with You

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight, I got the feeling that something ain’t right, I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair, And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs, Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am, Stuck in the middle with you… Read More ›

Vietnam Reloaded – Author Interview

An Interview with John Southard       Your book Defend and Befriend: The U.S. Marine Corps and Combined Action Platoons in Vietnam was published in July 2014 by the University of Kentucky Press. It features some strong blurbs from scholars of the Vietnam War and seems likely to find a considerable audience. Aside from… Read More ›

Breathing Fire at the Environment

NASA charts the record temperatures of May 2014  Washington Post      A Rare Win  The summer of 2014 begins with a rare bit of encouraging news on the environment, coming from an unlikely source: that bastion of conservative casuistry, the U.S. Supreme Court.  SCOTUS has largely affirmed that yes, the Clean Air Act is… Read More ›

Sensing Climate Change

In an important piece first published in The Nation and then in The Guardian, Naomi Klein offers powerful reasons for the suicidal apathy with which our world awaits the catastrophic effects of climate change.  Her entire essay – and, no doubt, her forthcoming book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate – is well worth a close read…. Read More ›

Dropping a Dime on Madiba

Mandela’s capture, arrest, show trial and nearly three decades of incarceration by the apartheid forces of South Africa started with a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency tip.  This essay repeats that inconvenient truth during the commemoration following Madiba’s death.  


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