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James R. Brett, Ph.D. taught Russian History before (and during) a 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. He is retired and living on the Left Coast.
(1 comments) Tuesday, February 7, 2017 The Resistance and What It isFor
Trump is not the Borg! Resistance is NOT futile. We are the majority and we are stronger than he or his minions. Now we must act and create a progressive nation.
(2 comments) Monday, August 9, 2010 Building A Mosque
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.
(1 comments) Wednesday, July 28, 2010 The Last Straw in Afghanistan
The Wikileaks prove only one important thing. America is in major DENIAL about the efficacy of war.
(5 comments) Friday, July 23, 2010 Bernanke's Dilemma
The Fed is out of chips, basically, so we need another player. Can Congress stomach the stakes of this very dangerous situation?
(14 comments) Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Amazing Oracle at OpEdNews
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.
(17 comments) Sunday, July 18, 2010 The Empire Strikes Back
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 8, 2010 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 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 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 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.
(7 comments) Monday, June 21, 2010 The Long Hot Dog Days of the Press
Enough of the Obama bashing, Liberals! The problem is your need for instant gratification and a father figure. Grow Up!
Sunday, June 13, 2010 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.
(1 comments) Sunday, June 13, 2010 Irony! Maybe ...
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 Unseen Gaza
Reckless behavior of Israel will eventually isolate that country, even from the goodwill of the United States.
(1 comments) Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Theories of Change ... and Now Paralysis
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 17, 2010 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.
(1 comments) Sunday, May 16, 2010 "The Disease Calling Itself the Cure"
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.