150 Years Later: Lincoln and the End of the Civil War

cvlwrmvI had the opportunity recently to watch again the magnificent documentary on the Civil War produced by Ken Burns (hard to believe) more than a generation ago.

The series captures with power and clarity the contradictions of a war that was utterly brutal, and yet somehow civil; fought […]

Troy Aikman and the Problem of Sports

dfltdftblReally Troy? You are actually comparing deflated footballs to an alleged scheme to injure or take out other players?

You are actually comparing the New England Patriots deflate-gate issue to the worst scandals in sports. Just for the record, this act is so egregious that the NFL […]

The Middle East Civil War: What Next?

mdlestcvlwrTwo generations ago, back when Gamal Abdel Nasser stirred the hearts of third world nationalists all over the globe, there was a term that gained widespread currency: Pan Arabism.

Pan Arabism was the idea the Arab world could be united around a set of common interests and […]

The Politics of Symbolism

dnldstrlngThe Donald Sterling issue is only the latest example of how symbolism over substance is distorting the national conversation about race, class, and economic reality. We have gone from caring about substance to caring about appearances – to such a degree, in fact, that we can turn […]

JFK and Conspiracies

Officer J.D. Tippit

Officer J.D. Tippit

This is part II of my thoughts on JFK and his assassination, with the 50th anniversary of the president’s death only recently passed. Certainly, and regrettably, the conspiracy folks had their day in the sun…again.

I have indicated that I […]










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