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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. He is the author of various books including The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution.

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Monday, February 2, 2015 (51 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How the Democrats Let America Down in the Shameful 2014 Elections In the 2014 elections, the American people handed still more power to a political party that, in the previous Congress, had betrayed the nation right out in the open, trampling on the norms and traditions of our Democracy. That should have been the main issue in the campaign. But the Democratic Party failed to press that issue, never bothered to call out that disgraceful behavior to help the American electorate see that truth.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Police Shootings: A New Chapter in an Old Story of Racial Oppression There is a long history of violence against black men being used to intimidate the whole race and, thereby, maintain white dominance. These recent shootings by police of unarmed black men looks like part of that history. Meanwhile, America's first black president seems himself to have been intimidated. In choosing his successor, our prime question should be: who will take on the party of the oppressor?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tea Partiers' Response to My Ferguson Piece Provides a Glimpse into the Darkness I wrote a piece saying that Missouri officials should have made it their top priority to conduct the Ferguson case in a way so as to minimize the chance of inflicting an unnecessary wound on their community and America: do everything possible to make everyone confident in the integrity of the process. Responses from Tea Partiers show something very disturbing that's a window into the dark force on the right.

Monday, November 24, 2014 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can America Be Saved # 5: Neither Side in America is Seeing an "Evil Force" for What it Is The people on each side of America's political divide are making a fundamental error at what might be called the level of the spirit. On the right, the error is mistaking one spiritual force for another. On the left, the error is failing to recognize the importance of such forces - not directly visible, but vast and powerful - in human affairs.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 (57 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can America Be Saved? # 4: The Two-Sided Dynamic of Our National Crisis The dynamic that is damaging our America, therefore, seems to have two main parts: 1)The Republican Party has become the instrument of a destructive force; 2)The response from Liberal America to this threat has been woefully weak. To drain the power of the right, and strengthen Liberal America, requires addressing the different "spiritual" errors the two sides make concerning "evil."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can America Be Saved? # 3 We Are Losing for Want of Seeing What's Winning The point needs to be stressed. The status quo is not leading us where we need to go. At the level that matters most, even our "victories" are not winning the battle. We are losing at the level where, fundamentally, this battle is being fought. That's at the level of the spirit.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 (79 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can America Be Saved? Not If We're Blind to the One Force That Can Turn This Battle Around We won't be able to out-spend, or out-propagandize, or out-organize the forces of the right, or be more eager for conflict than their wounded minions. But what we do have we have that can turn this battle around is a moral and spiritual truth - a truth aligned with the deepest values and interests of America and one that can tap into the power of the spirit.

Monday, November 10, 2014 (23 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Did "Yes We Can!" Become "No We Couldn't"? Can America be saved? It is going to require a lot of people in Liberal America to expand their notion of the potential sources of power available to turn our current dangerous political dynamic around.

Friday, November 7, 2014 (21 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Democrats Should Come Out Swinging The Democrats lost not because they were wrong but because they were weak. Weak in their fighting. And weak in presenting a vision for America. This is not a time to become deferential because of the rebuke from the voters. It is a time to call out the Republicans when they violate our norms, and to inspire the people with a vision of a better America.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 (22 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Shame on Us! (Giving Still More Power to Such a Party) Shame on us, the American people, for giving more power to a Party that has blatantly betrayed the nation. Shame on us, the Democratic Party, for being so blind and timid as to fail to make the election about that betrayal. Are we in the grassroots willing to step forward and do the job the Democratic leaders are failing to do? See the evil. Call it out. Press the battle. If not, shame on us.

Monday, November 3, 2014 (61 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why the Republican Party Loves the Abortion Issue Single-issue voters have fallen into a trap created and exploited by a savvy political force. The abortion issue is disconnected from the grab for money and power that's the true business of the GOP. So, by making that the defining issue of morality for a large class of voters, the GOP is freed to pursue large-scale immorality without fear of losing their support.

Thursday, October 30, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Right's Urge to Kick Down: Doing Unto Others as Has Been Done Unto You That template of the downward kick is so ingrained in the culture - at multiple levels, and especially in some parts of the culture - that even many who, in socio-economic terms, are in dominant positions have had profound -- but often unintegrated-- experiences of that kick-down pain. That helps to explain why even members of the elite, especially on the right, have the urge to deal with those on the bottom punitively.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
#10 Ideas That Can Make Liberal America Stronger: Value Is at the Heart of Our Humanity It's a mistake to believe that clear, intellectually responsible thinking proves that "values" are not real, are just "subjective," just matters of opinion. Such beliefs in Liberal America contribute to its weakness in this time of crisis. A real understanding of what we are and how we came to be shows "value" is real the only way it can be-- and is at the heart of our humanity.

Monday, October 27, 2014 (41 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
When Bad Politics Are Supported by Good People A recent wonderful visit with our Republican cousins underscored a stark contrast between the goodness of those people and the nature of the political force to which they give their support. So I wrote about that contrast in this piece published in several newspapers in my conservative Virginia congressional District.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
More on the O'Reilly/Stewart Brouhaha: The Right-Wing Urge to Kick Down We can tell that many on the right feel a need to kick down on those below them, because they work to create a distorted picture to justify their rage and contempt. So what's the pay-off, and where did this urge come from?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 9 Concerned About Where Our Nation Is Heading? Americans think the nation is heading in the wrong direction. My biggest worries are 1) that our democracy is increasingly being transformed into a plutocracy, and 2) we are failing to address the pressing emergency of global climate change. On both issues, the Republicans are playing a destructive role, while the Democrats are failing to press the battle with the needed vigor. This pattern shows the core of America's crisis.

Sunday, October 19, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Bill O'Reilly/Jon Stewart Brouhaha: Denial is a River in the Right-Wing Mind If you want people to develop the virtues of discipline and responsibility, it is folly - or perhaps hypocrisy - not to be equally concerned that the society provides those people the opportunities to reap the rewards to which those virtues are supposed to lead.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 (37 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 8 Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions Why does that the line from Yeats apply to America in our times? "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are filled with a passionate intensity." It is an error to believe that rationality proves the unreality of "good" and "evil."
Series: Press the Battle (8 Articles, 8469 views)

Monday, October 13, 2014 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 7 Dispirited Liberal America In Liberal America these days, one encounters a good deal of hopelessness about the future of our country. Why the hopelessness? The difficult circumstances certainly play a part. But they are not answer enough. Hopelessness is also a sign of disconnection from the realm of the spirit. In that realm, there is no sense of "impossible." And this disconnection from the spirit is also at the root of Liberal America's weakness.
Series: Press the Battle (8 Articles, 8469 views)

Friday, October 10, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Force Is Not With Us: We Identify with Our Fantasy Heroes -- Why Don't We Emulate Them? We all know how to respond to evil. Again and again, our popular stories and mythology take us vicariously and gratifyingly through the process -- e.g. in films like "Avatar," "Star Wars," "Lord of the Rings," where our heroes risk everything to defeat an evil force in defense of sacred values. Why is it, then, that as we face that same essential situation in America's contemporary reality, we fail to respond as our heroes do?
Series: Press the Battle (8 Articles, 8469 views)

Thursday, October 9, 2014 (28 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sorry Mr. Krugman: Obama Came to Office Holding a Royal Flush, Then Declared His Hand "Ace High" Krugman's judgments are generally unusually good. But not this week's, where he calls Obama's presidency one of the most "successful." Six years into Obama's presidency, the American political system is a dysfunctional wreck such as we've never seen before. At one level, that's the fault of today's terrible GOP. But it is also the result of this president's failure to expose, fight, and defeat that ugly force.

Monday, October 6, 2014 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 5 Liberal America, You Don't See What We're Up Against, and It Matters Liberal America does not perceive well the nature of the force that's taken over the right. Not perceiving what we're up against has enormous consequences, because understanding one's foe - its nature, its way of working, the disposition of its forces - has enormous implications for devising the best strategy for defeating it. Providing a good understanding of what it is we are up against is a central purpose of this series.
Series: Press the Battle (8 Articles, 8469 views)

Sunday, October 5, 2014 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Accused of Us-Versus-Them Thinking, I Responded One tool does not fit all situations. So it is necessary to have a diversity of tools in one's toolbox: tools for building bridges, and tools for waging battle.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Right-Wing Trolls Have a Strategy. What's Ours? To engage with right-wing trolls is to play into their hands. Many of us in Liberal America learned to regard ideas as a way to capture the truth. But ideas in the world of the right-wing troll don't seem to be about truth. Instead, they are tools to use in political combat. We should think as strategically about our discussions as they do.

Monday, September 29, 2014 (49 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 4 Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short? We in Liberal America are now embattled. America has been in kindred battles before, and on those occasions to which we look to see our finest American ideals expressed and embodied, great American leaders have shown the way: "See the evil. Call it out. Press the battle." But in this crisis, in this battle, Liberal America is falling far short of our nation's finest ideals. Why is that?
Series: Press the Battle (8 Articles, 8469 views)

Friday, September 26, 2014 (31 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How I See What We're Up Against in our Nation's Time of Brokenness The first thing is for us in Liberal America to see clearly what it is that we are up against. Then it becomes necessary to find ways to take that understanding and use it to defeat this force -- and part of that is to figure out how to bring our fellow Americans back from that place of darkness and confusion and into a constructive way of using their force in the world.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 3.5: This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President Republican obstructionism has given us the most dysfunctional government maybe ever. The American people are quite dissatisfied with the performance of their government, but they need help understanding where the problem lies. I ask President Obama: Why are you not using this last opportunity to tell the voters what's gone wrong, so they can use their votes to get back a government that does the people's business?

Monday, September 22, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 3 Calling out the Republicans. Obama Hasn't So We Must. President Obama should have made it a top priority to help the American people see what the Republican Party has become, so they'd take away that Party's power. Unfortunately, Barack Obama seems ill-equipped by temperament and character to fight that battle. When our leaders fail to do what is urgently needed, we the people must find a way to get it done. That is what this "Press the Battle" series is about.
Series: Press the Battle (8 Articles, 8469 views)

Thursday, September 18, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Angry White Men on the Right To be white rather than black, male rather than female, straight rather than gay, meant -- in the old order -- to feel superior to most of the humanity around you. Then liberalism took that good feeling away.

Monday, September 15, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 2 The Republican Party's Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness This force is expressing itself in many different ways--all of them destructive, all of them degrading of America, all of them ugly. It is important that we see the forest, and not just the trees, asking ourselves the question: "What should we call something that expresses itself in all these destructive and ugly ways?"
Series: Press the Battle (8 Articles, 8469 views)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (33 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
# 1 Many Liberals Don't Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse This article is the first in a series, titled "Press the Battle," whose purpose is to get our national conversation to focus on the central realities of the crisis in today's America. This installments addresses the reluctance of many in Liberal America to engage in the kind of battle that has been made necessary by the rise on the right of an extraordinarily destructive political force.
Series: Press the Battle (8 Articles, 8469 views)

Monday, April 14, 2014 (31 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Our Corrupt Supreme Court With its recent decisions gutting campaign finance regulation, the Roberts Court represents the return of the disgraceful and hypocritical spirit of injustice that gave us the Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Bush v. Gore decisions. It is a "justice" -- the very opposite of justice -- that is merely "the advantage of the stronger."

Thursday, April 10, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Path to Democratic Victory this Fall The Democrats should unite to run this year behind a pledge to enact a constitutional amendment that clearly and unambiguously not only overturns these recent decisions but also goes further to establish a system of public financing for all our federal elections.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 (37 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Koch Brothers Capitalism "Koch Brothers Capitalism" is a phrase that by labeling a kind of capitalism, implies that there are other kinds of capitalism. And that means that capitalism doesn't have to take the terribly destructive form people like the Koch Brothers are giving it. The Koch Brothers name quickly conjures up the monstrous nature of what too much of American capitalism has become in our time

Sunday, February 23, 2014 (84 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's a Mistake to Think of our Fellow Americans on the Right as "Stupid" People What looks like "stupidity" is really something else. Often, it's a constellation of ways of thinking and feeling that's been learned. And it's a program that becomes operative specifically in the realm of politics. It's one of the ways in which the Spirit of Brokenness can such the power out of people in order to magnify its own power.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Divided We Fall: Stop the Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy Power is being shifted from the people to the corporate system. These so-called "persons" are so structured that it is inevitable their conduct will be sociopathic. The American people have been divided against each other by the forces they should be united in opposing. "Divided we Fall" must be replaced by "United we Stand."

Friday, November 22, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Half Century Ago Today: Here's My Story. What's Yours? November 22, 1963, was bound to be an important day for me. But as it turned out, the shocking event of the day opened up for me --as for many millions of other Americans alive then -- a crack in the cosmos.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Dog that Refuses to Bark: A Stunning Clue about the Problem with American Media What does it mean that two establishment authors, who finally say the obvious about something unusual, anti-democratic and destructive emerging on the political right, get ostracized by their friends in the mainstream media? This clue should be pushed to help expose part of the heart of darkness in America today.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ted Cruz as Mad Hatter (But Cruz Isn't Mad, He's a Sociopath) Sociopaths make the Kool-Aid. The Crazies are the ones who drink it. Both are channels for the spreading of "brokenness" in America in our times.

Monday, October 14, 2013 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Strike While the Iron is Hot The GOP's recent terrible polling numbers show that millions of people are in the process of changing how they see the Republican Party. That picture is in flux, meaning that it is an opportune moment to mold it. After we come to the end of this "iron-heating" crisis, it will be time not to back off, but to continue to strike, exposing the profound defects of the GOP to a public ready to have its new perception solidified.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Power of Standing Up to Bullies Obama these past few weeks, like Lincoln in 1861, has demonstrated that the best way to deal with bullies is to stake out the appropriate, defensible ground, and then stand that ground. The bullies, in their reckless over-reaching, will founder on the rock of your resolve.

Friday, October 11, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cutting One's Losses Comes Hard Human psychology works in some other than rational ways. One of them makes it difficult to accept a loss for sure, so people keep trying to escape the loss, even if that makes for a bigger loss in the end. That's part of how to see the situation the Republicans are in, thanks to their own reckless and destructive choices. The problem is compounded by the Republicans' non-acceptance of democracy's "you win some, you lose some"

Thursday, October 10, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Here's How to Keep Defeating These Republicans: Open Letter to Pres. Obama As the Republicans try to find the least humiliating way to surrender on their blackmail ploys, Mr. President, I hope that you will resist the impulse to revert to Mr. Nice Guy. What America needs for you to do is to press the battle, and use every opportunity that presents itself to show the American people the destructive and dishonest force that the Republican Party has become. The people are ready to see that dark truth.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
I Think I Know What the President Will Do If Congress Fails to Raise the Debt Limit Some interpret the President's remarks at his news conference this afternoon as "dismissing" the possibility of his unilaterally rescuing the nation from default. That's not how I am reading between the lines.

Monday, October 7, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama Should Say, "My Oath of Office Tells Me, No Concessions to Blackmailers" A brief speech that casts the Republican tactic as an assault on the American constitutional order, and hence the refusal to negotiate with the hostage-takers as part of the presidential oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Monday, September 30, 2013 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fruit of the Same Tree: How to Understand the Tea Party The Tea Party is not some alien thing grafted onto today's Republican Party. Sure there's a battle going on within that Party. But, more fundamentally, the nihilism and the craziness and the destructiveness that we see going on with the "extremists" within the Party represents a fuller flowering of what the Republican Party establishment sowed and cultivated.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (49 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Was Lincoln Wrong to Fight to Preserve the Union? Lincoln was entitled to use force. (The Civil War was not "The War of Northern Aggression.") But was he right in his judgment that it was worth that war to hold the Union together?
Series: The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back (8 Articles, 7041 views)

Saturday, September 7, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bad Combination: Abuse of Power over Prisoners and America's Misguided "War on Drugs" My wife April, with other climate change activists, recently committed an act of civil disobedience that brought her to experience some of the workings of the "system of justice" in Washington, D.C. I focus here on one part of her experience: that being arrested for ANYTHING in D.C. apparently strips an American citizen of the right against unreasonable search: despite no "probable cause," all prisoners must pass a drug test.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How We Can Know that the South's Decision to Secede Was an Act of Outlawry The South and President Lincoln disagreed about the right of states to secede. It was a legitimate disagreement. There are constitutional ways to deal with such disagreements. The South's arrogating upon itself the right to decide the issue on its own, and defend its position by force of arms, is emphatically NOT one of those constitutional ways. Hence the secession was an act of outlawry.
Series: The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back (8 Articles, 7041 views)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back-- Who Chose War II: Responsibility for the Civil War The polarization that drove the nation into Civil War came more from one side of the conflict than the other. It was the South that upset the balance, insisting that it prevail regardless. The North was mostly reactive.
Series: The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back (8 Articles, 7041 views)

Monday, August 19, 2013 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"There Will Be No Crisis Over the Debt Ceiling This Time": What I'd Say if I Were President Obama Here's an approach that would leave the GOP with either of two options, both of which would weaken the position of the Republicans and strengthen that of the president, in addition to helping to prevent damage to the nation.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 (31 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Post Trayvon/Zimmerman Trial: Thoughts on Race in America What is most disturbing in this whole sad affair is the complete lack of empathy, by many on the right, for the feelings that these Trayvon/Zimmerman events understandably brings up for black Americans. These events are a recapitulation of generations of traumatic history, from the era of slavery to the era of Jim Crow. How can people NOT understand, and feel compassion for, how this would feel? Do unto others...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back: The Spirit of the Slave Power Since Slavery The spirit that made a war over slavery was never repudiated by the South. It came back to create the Jim Crow regime of racial oppression and terror. And now it is back-- animating today's Republican Party, a spirit that moves people to seek the domination and exploitation of others, and covers its doings with a cloak of hypocrisy.
Series: The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back (8 Articles, 7041 views)

Monday, July 22, 2013 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back: A Spirit that Made Slavery Its Priority Ever since the Civil War ended, the South --with a mixture of deception and self-deception-- has been trying to obscure the truth about what it was fighting for. It was all about slavery. What does it say about a spirit if it drives people to kill or die for the right of some people to treat other people as property? That same spirit is visible in today's Republican Party.
Series: The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back (8 Articles, 7041 views)

Thursday, July 18, 2013 (33 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back: Looking Closer at that National Nightmare Americans have a strong on-going relationship with the Civil War, after a century and a half. Unfortunately, much of that relationship is unhealthy and based on a romanticizing distortion of an ugly reality. In as much as we're now contending with the same destructive spirit that gave us that nightmare --the thesis of this series-- it's important that we gain a more clear-eyed understanding of that earlier catastrophe.
Series: The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back (8 Articles, 7041 views)

Monday, July 15, 2013 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back: The Wolves' Version of Liberty This is the second installment of a series about the re-appearance in America of a destructive spirit. Here a parallel is shown, using a fable from President Lincoln. He spoke of the "wolf's" concept of liberty being the freedom to "do as they please with other men."
Series: The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back (8 Articles, 7041 views)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War Is Back In our times, a destructive force has emerged in the American political system. This force --- or spirit -- should be understood as the re-emergence onto center stage of what drove the United States to polarize, break apart, and fight a bloody Civil War a century and a half ago. This destructive force is damaging our nation now just as it did then.
Series: The Spirit that Drove Us to Civil War is Back (8 Articles, 7041 views)

Thursday, June 27, 2013 (19 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Think Horses, Not Unicorns (a message to people who have bought the Republican line on climate change) One can believe that we have a huge conspiracy --- bigger by many orders of magnitude than anything ever seen before -- to commit a scientific hoax. Or one can believe that we have powerful corporations and the political party that serves them following a well-established pattern of deception for the sake of profits. Deciding which to believe shouldn't be that hard. Think horses, not unicorns.

Monday, June 24, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Caring About What? Manifest Insincerity of the GOP on Abortion Some of the same Republicans who make a big issue of protecting the "unborn" have made it pretty clear this past week, by their indifference to the plight of already-born children, that their reason for pressing the issue of abortion must not be about any real concern about protecting "innocent life." I'm talking about their drive to gut the food stamp program that helps keep millions of children from going hungryl.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Strategy for Progressives in Very Red Districts There are a lot of congressional Districts in the country that are virtually unwinnable for Democrats. Paradoxically, the very difficulty of winning these seats presents Democrats with an important opportunity. Democrats in those districts may not be able to win that battle, but they can help win the war. Here's how.

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