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James R. Brett, Ph.D. taught Russian History before (and during) long stint as an academic administrator in faculty research administration. His academic interests are the modern period of Russian History since Peter the Great, Chinese History, the history of science, and the history of ideas, including psychology and consciousness studies. His personal and completely non-commercial website is called "Iron Mountain" ... http://jamesrbrett.com/ironmtn/.


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Monday, August 9, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Building A Mosque
(2 comments) Amid the pelting of anti-Islamic emails and lectures by anonymous Christian jihadists comes the question about mosques. James Carroll in the "Globe" has a perspective.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Last Straw in Afghanistan
(1 comments) The Wikileaks prove only one important thing. America is in major DENIAL about the efficacy of war.

Friday, July 23, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Bernanke's Dilemma
(5 comments) The Fed is out of chips, basically, so we need another player. Can Congress stomach the stakes of this very dangerous situation?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Amazing Oracle at OpEdNews
(14 comments) The Obama presidency is NOT, despite what you might read here, going down the tubes. The sad fact is that some writers cannot keep the big picture in focus.

Sunday, July 18, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Empire Strikes Back
(17 comments) The Pope and the College of Cardinals and the Curia have made a critical and I believe FATAL mistake. The Church will now enter its final stage of slow dissolution and inevitable decay.

Thursday, July 15, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Immigration: The Policy of Deliberate Ignorance
(1 comments) Americans no longer can afford deliberate ignorance of immigration policy and the players at the table.

Thursday, July 8, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Fanny & Freddy Are F-Words
FannyMae and FreddyMac need a house-cleaning. Their latest ploy is completely counter-productive and begs for new management.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Revolution Both Sides of the Border
There is more to the immigration paralysis than the MSM is willing to chatter about. Mexico is a failed state, but U.S. interests are that it not become a revolutionary hotbed. Much better to be a stable narcokleptocracy, don't you think!

Friday, July 2, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Funny Bone of Economic Politics
We are headed over a cliff. Unemployment is represented to be 9.5% but where it counts, 12%, with 50% of Americans directly affected by lowered income, hours, or complete loss of jobs. As this crisis continues to deepen, we have to keep our wits and understand the reasons we are outraged.

Monday, June 28, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Paradox of Economic Stress Disorder
Toronto may be the turning point, but we don't yet know whether we have turned toward recovery or toward irrationalism and a long double-dip into economic (and psychological) depression.

Monday, June 21, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Long Hot Dog Days of the Press
(7 comments) Enough of the Obama bashing, Liberals! The problem is your need for instant gratification and a father figure. Grow Up!

Sunday, June 13, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Forgiveness Includes Consequences!
The Pope's plea for forgiveness did not include an admission of personal guilt. Blanket amnesties are not in the cards. There must be consequences.

Sunday, June 13, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Irony! Maybe ...
(1 comments) The Press is at a wit's end. Obama is not what they hoped, a genial user of the press to fashion a better world, a person ready to take meaningless carping in an understanding way. Instead, the press seems ready to carve an effigy of Barack Hussein Obama that he will not soon forget.

Saturday, June 5, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Unseen Gaza
Reckless behavior of Israel will eventually isolate that country, even from the goodwill of the United States.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Theories of Change ... and Now Paralysis
(1 comments) An extension of David Brooks's thoughtful column today on Change. We hate it and we love it. We obviously need it. There are many who have already given up, saying that we are incapable of orderly change.

Monday, May 24, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Measure of the Man Who Is Pope Benedict XVI
(3 comments) For those who really know him best, Joseph Ratzinger falls short of the necessity imposed by our times.

Saturday, May 22, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The End of the Celibacy Rule
A trial balloon or not? In any case celibacy for the Roman Catholic Clergy cannot last.

Monday, May 17, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Nationalism and Egalitarianism: Not Dead Yet!
We see the world through eyes accustomed to our own habits of mind. The "truth" is elusive, to be sure, but there are realities, and we can grope towards them.

Sunday, May 16, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"The Disease Calling Itself the Cure"
(1 comments) James Carroll in the Boston Globe sees the end of the Roman Catholic Church's problems, and it is a monumental change that must occur.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Conscience (and Politics?) of the Pope
(3 comments) Differing reports of the Pope's contrition for the Church puts a cloud over the momentous event.

Monday, May 10, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"The Low Road is Bumper to Bumper"
Social criticism is a tradition in America, says James Carroll, and he is correct, but what comes of it all. Aren't we basically deaf to the essential problem?

Monday, May 3, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Net Neutrality in Trouble
Net Neutrality is ESSENTIAL in a democracy increasingly involved and dependent on fairness on the internet. The FCC must regulate internet service providers.

Sunday, April 18, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
World-wide Attack on the Vatican? Think of it as an Opportunity!
(8 comments) One of the insidious doctrines of Roman Catholicism is that only God can judge the Church and its clergy. We profoundly reject this as tautological nonsense. The Church is a temporal edifice and subject to the laws of mankind.

Friday, April 16, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Indulgence! No!
(4 comments) New Yorker Magazine's Hendrick Hertzberg gives Pope Benedict's Church a virtual pass. Since when are medieval indulgences a greater evil than raping children!

Sunday, April 11, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Forging a Green Economy
(6 comments) Global warming and the attendant climate change is the greatest challenge we face as a species, not because of the probably dire consequences, but because of who we are.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Hot Seething Anger
(3 comments) Satisfied human beings dislike (even hate) change. Progress is a dirty word to the self-satisfied. For the rest of us Change is necessary for our lives. For others Change requires reconsidering an entire world view. It is painful and that is what we are experiencing now--their pain.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Health Care Reform and Its Discontents
The GOP will self-immolate over Health Care Reform.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
China's Motivations
(4 comments) China's monetary policy is not helping the rest of the world emerge from the Great Recession, but it is helping them bootstrap. The question is whether it is precedent for an aggressive China when they become #1.

Sunday, March 7, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
High Hopes Strangled in Their Cradle
The etiology of malfunctioning politics is very likely an "emergent property," one which emanates from the essential parts working (or actually not working) together effectively.

Saturday, March 6, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Problem in Virginia
(1 comments) Radical reactionaries have Richmond and threaten higher education in Virginia.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Problem in the White House
Smell the smoke! There is a fire under Rahm Emanuel and it is about time. With luck we can rid ourselves of this carbuncle on the Presidency.

Saturday, February 27, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Playing Games While the Planet Warms and Climates Change
(5 comments) Disputing facts about global warming is gaming the ignorance of the public. It would not matter, if after the damage is done we who survive could rid ourselves of those who deny the truth. The problem is one of leadership and that is sorely lacking.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The "God Gap"?
Religious tolerance is our creed. We respect all religions, but we do not proclaim one above others. That is the American way. Make sure the zealots do not get traction on this issue.

Monday, February 22, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"Starve the Beast"
(3 comments) Paul Krugman does a good job of pinning the GOP slogan to the wall. Now we need to understand the reasons for it ... and it is not all because they don't trust bureaucrats.

Saturday, February 13, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Fatal Flaw
(2 comments) Charles M. Blow nails the Obama problem. The question is whether Obama has the guts to change.

Thursday, February 11, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Slow Motion Implosion of the EU
Ominous rumblings from the southern tier in Europe are visibly on Germany's plate and silently on ours. In the Navy we would say "stand by for heavy rolls."

Monday, February 8, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Internet: Powerful, Yet Fragile
(3 comments) The importance of the Internet cannot be overstated, but the motives for governments and net citizens do not necessarily coincide.

Monday, January 25, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
How China Thinks
(13 comments) Sergei Brin, Larry Page, and Hillary Clinton have turned a corner in the progress of the global culture we are constructing. China's leaders will be left behind. The very forces of history that have humbled China will free her finally. We call it the Internet.

Friday, January 22, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Supreme Court and Galloping Fascism
This weeks ruling by SCOTUS is a travesty, a dagger in the heart of human democracy. The ruling must be overturned.

Thursday, January 21, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Unacceptable Failure in Washington
Coakley ran without help. DSCC, DNC, and the White House all dropped the ball. It is time to look at the top and see the cause. Obama, Emanuel, and Axelrod all failed! At least Emanuel should lose his head for it!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Listen Up, Obama!
You have just witnessed righteous and seething anger. Massachusetts is telling Washington how it feels. It feels betrayed and dismayed and angry as hell! Obama has 30 days at best to take a different path with different people. If he doesn't the Democrats are going to be trounced in November. But, there is good news: the Progressive Movement now knows that it must be free of the corruption and lethargy in the Democratic Party.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Rahm Must Go!
(3 comments) We have a month, perhaps, to save the 2010 "mid-term" elections. If we do not do the obvious, then Democrats will lose big ... and so will Obama. He must fire Rahm Emanuel at once.

Monday, January 18, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Law of the Jungle
The democracy of the world wide web requires informed and responsible citizenship, just as our nation's democracy does. Loose Lips Sink Ships and flawed browsers like MSIE are no different. It is time for a change YOU can make.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Do You See What I See?
Human perception is a mixed bag, as this little experiment begins to show. The implications for democracy are interesting. It may be that only with a broad consensus are we getting the full picture. It also may be that we should listen more carefully to minority opinion.

Sunday, December 20, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Disappointment and Defection
The Greek chorus is getting louder and louder. The emperor's clothes are falling away. His base is eroding. His goodwill is full of holes. Barack Obama has only a few months in which to make up the difference, or he will be facing a very hostile Congress in 2011 and probable defeat in 2012.

Friday, December 18, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Senate
It is time to change the Senate. We are a mature democracy now, and we don't need the Senate as it currently is provided for in the Constitution or by its own rules!

Monday, December 14, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"The People Speak"
(7 comments) The History Channel has a winner, but the establishment and the elite don't think so. Should we be surprised? No, we should demand that this theme become part of the curriculum everywhere!

Saturday, December 12, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Psychologies of Conservatism and Liberalism
(2 comments) What looks like a simple psychological assessment schema conceals entailments in human behavior that have troubled societies from the beginning. In the U.S. the strain on conservatives is reaching a breaking point.

Monday, December 7, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Divergent Views on Copenhagen
The politics of Global Warming will not suffice. We need a Marshall Plan, a concerted effort, an intelligent plan of coordinated action.

Saturday, December 5, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Manipulating the News
(3 comments) The object of dissent is to change decision-making BEFORE it happens, not AFTER.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Afghan Conundrum
(2 comments) The basic story is that Cheney-Bush really screwed this up and now we have to find a solution that does not actually invite terrorism. Tuesday's speech and decisions are nothing but temporizing measures to provide time to clean of eight years worth of Republican Neocon arrogance and stupidity.

Monday, November 30, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Open Letter to Iran
(2 comments) Dear Citizens of Iran, Here's some friendly advice. Yours truly, the rest of the world (mostly ...)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Jobs! Can They Not Hear and See?
(9 comments) The honeymoon is definitely over. The Obama Administration has shown its hand and the hand is empty. The country's best columnist agree that something serious is amiss in the West Wing, not just across the breadth and length of our land. Enjoy your Thanksgiving repast, but remember there are millions who cannot!

Saturday, November 21, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The End of an Era?
The portent for our holiday economy is laden with opportunity for even more unemployment, bankruptcies and business failures. Do these in turn portend an end to American consumerism. The answer is not "no"; it is "maybe," and that is good!

Friday, November 20, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Reasons Not to Abandon Afghanistan
While looking for reasons to stay in Afghanistan, it would be beneficial to check out some of the assumptions being bandied about these days.

Thursday, November 12, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Illusions of Arrogance
Neil Gabler's essay on American exceptionalism is excellent and points out that our hubris will certainly bring us down ... way down. It does not matter, exactly, why this mythos was created, even if for the best of intentions. It is a rope around our necks and we must free ourselves from it.

Friday, November 6, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Talking Our Way Out of the Great Recession
No, we cannot talk our way out of this one, but we do have to know what is going on and why ... and the press sure is not telling us.

Monday, October 5, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Muddling Afghanistan
Finding reasonable and attainable goals for the AfPak war would be difficult enough, but many are playing politics with the issue.

Saturday, September 26, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Left Behind
"Beyond insanity," is what he called it and he was there and knows. The radical fundamentalist apocalypic Armageddon and Rapture waiting fringe is not to be ignored, but the problem is not them. It's Congress, right and left and we have to fix that first.

Sunday, September 13, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Paranoid Rightwing
(2 comments) Max Blumenthal's "Republican Gomorrah" has some interesting lessons from Hoffer and Fromm. The sociology of the rightwing is born in hopelessnes and paranoia.

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