Monthly Archives: September 2016

A Tale of Dreadlocks and Kulaks

Sometimes the unfolding American cultural scene strikes me as surreal.  Sometimes it really seems that America has been transformed into some kind of Alice in Wonderland society  in which logic, or, least, what historically has passed as logic, is routinely … Continue reading

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What Follows American National Identity?

No disrespect is meant by this title. I’m simply trying to make a critical point about the future of American nationalism. Some 40-plus years ago when I was an adolescent, American identity perhaps was best expressed in the song, “The … Continue reading

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The Troubling Implications of Hillary’s “Basket of Deplorables” Comment

Okay, I admit it: I can’t get Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” comment out of my mind. A blue-state friend of mine responded to some of my tweets, urging me to bring more nuance to my comments.  I know that this … Continue reading

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Hillary, the “Revolving SOB”

My father, a who earned a graduate degree from Vanderbilt and the rough equivalent of several other graduate degrees through his long tenure in the National Guard  and, later, the U.S. Army Reserve, never strayed very far beyond his working-class … Continue reading

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Star Trek Changed the World by Challenging Religion

I wasn’t fully immersed in the Star Trek phenomenon until the mid-1970s, when I became a teenager.  From the time I was born until about age 12, my mother  pretty much regarded it as her sovereign right to impose a … Continue reading

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Why the Left Often Seems Clueless to Me

Just when did defending the underlying values of open, tolerant, democratic societies become an expression of intolerance? Continue reading

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