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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book WALTER ONG'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO CULTURAL STUDIES: THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE WORD AND I-THOU COMMUNICATION (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2000; 2nd ed. 2009, forthcoming). The first edition won the 2001 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology conferred by the Media Ecology Association. For further information about his education and his publications, see his UMD homepage: Click here to visit Dr. Farrell's homepage.

On September 10 and 22, 2009, he discussed Walter Ong's work on the blog radio talk show "Ethics Talk" that is hosted by Hope May in philosophy at Central Michigan University. Each hour-long show has been archived and is available for people who missed the live broadcast to listen to. Here are the website addresses for the two archived shows:

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Camille Paglia no Fronteiras do Pensamento So Paulo 2015 Saturday, October 7, 2017     

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Revisiting and Questioning Trump's Boasting to Billy Bush in 2005 On October 8, 2016, the Washington Post released unaired footage of Donald Trump, the Republican Party's 2016 presidential candidate, speaking in 2005 with Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood." Today an advocacy group is playing that videotape in front of the Washington Monument. First, I want to discuss Camille Paglia's recent comments about Hugh Hefner and Trump in the "Hollywood Reporter." Then I want to raise some questions.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Feeling Enraged and Practicing Non-Violence (REVIEW ESSAY) The classicist Emily Katz Anhalt of Sarah Lawrence College has published a remarkably accessible new book titled Enraged (Yale University Press, 2017). Taking a hint from her discussion of violence, I want to discuss feeling enraged in connection with non-violent political protest and certain related matters, including former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

Saturday, August 26, 2017     

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A Jungian Profile of Trump Op-ed commentators have offered numerous psychological commentaries about Donald J. Trump. Is there room for one more such commentary? I hope there is because I want to draw on the thought of the late Robert Moore of the Chicago Theological Seminary to offer a psychological profile of Trump.

Image from Twitter User arnhault Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Mark Lilla's Polemic about Identity Politics in the Democratic Party is Timely (REVIEW ESSAY) Today practitioners of identity politics are in power in the Democratic Party. But the Democratic Party is the out-of-power party both at the federal level of government and at the state level in many states. In his polemical new book, Mark Lilla critiques identity politics in the Democratic Party. In my estimate, the practitioners of identity politics in the Democratic Party should temper their brand of identity politics.

Antonio Spadaro 28giu2011 Saturday, August 5, 2017 (7 comments)     

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A Controversy in American Catholic Circles The Rome bureau chief of the New York Times published a news story in the Times about the controversy in American Catholic circles over an article-length editorial in the Jesuit-sponsored Rome-based Italian-language magazine La Civilta Cattolica. The English version of the editorial is "Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A Surprising Ecumenism." It is an informed defense of Pope Francis' views.

Envision Film - Susan Chira, Keynote Address Afternoon Keynote Address: Susan Chira, Foreign Editor, T Monday, July 24, 2017 (7 comments)     

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Why Aren't More Women C.E.O.s at Fortune 500 Companies? Writing in the New York Times, Susan Chira reports that just 6 percent of the chief executives of Fortune 500 companies are women. She asks, "Why don't more women get that No. 1 job?" To explore possible considerations, she interviewed nearly two dozen knowledgeable people, and she reports what they said. But I want to explore her report further.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017     

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Levingston Revisits Kennedy and King (BOOK REVIEW) In the paranoid op-ed "Donald Trump and John F. Kennedy are more similar than you think" at the Boston Globe (dated July 17, 2017), the conservative polemicist Niall Ferguson fails to mention Kennedy's support of black civil rights. But Steven Levingston revisits Kennedy's support of black civil rights in his new book Kennedy and King.

President Trump's Trip to Poland Monday, July 17, 2017     

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Western Cultural History: Trump's superficial view vs. Ong's in-depth account In his prepared remarks in Warsaw, Poland, on July 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump repeatedly referred to Western cultural history and the challenges posed by radical Islamic terrorists. But his view of Western cultural history is superficial. For a more in-depth account of Western cultural history, liberals and progressives should consider the work of the American Jesuit cultural historian and theorist Walter J. Ong.

Donaldson Sam Sunday, June 18, 2017     

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Commemorating the Watergate break in on June 17, 1972 On Friday, June 16, 2017, ABC broadcast 20/20 with Sam Donaldson to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of the Watergate break in early in the morning of June 17, 1972. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon won re-election in a landslide victory by appealing to certain white people's resentments. Similarly, Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, appealed to certain white people's resentments.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Kleinian Theory and Trump Voters The American psychiatrist Justin A. Frank, M.D., works with Melanie Klein's conceptual framework in his psycho-biographies about former Presidents George W. Bush (2007) and Barack Obama (2011). Taking hints from Dr. Frank's two books, I propose to discuss the 2016 presidential election, especially Trump and the Trump voters.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Will the "Political Correctness" Crowd Ever Change Their Tune? (BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY) Over the last half century, the "political correctness" crowd has provided a target for conservatives to attack. In the 2016 presidential election, Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's candidate, effectively campaigned against "political correctness." His decisive electoral victory should be a wake-up call for the "political correctness" crowd -- the time has come for them to revisit their glib critiques of Western culture.

Thursday, April 13, 2017     

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Our Dionysian Crucible and Trump's White Christian Voters (REVIEW ESSAY) We in Western culture today are undergoing the Dionysian crucible involved in the end of print culture 1.0 and the emergence of print culture 2.0. Our contemporary oral culture 2.0, powered by communications media that accentuate sound, resonates with our collective unconscious to renew the Dionysian spirit of oral culture 1.0. But Dennis R. MacDonald shows in his new book that the Dionysian crucible is in the Gospel of John.

Munk Debates - Camille Paglia Friday, March 24, 2017     

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Camille Paglia's New Book Is Timely (REVIEW ESSAY) For understandable reasons, liberals and progressives are concerned about so-called President Trump's decisive electoral victory. No doubt his campaign was fueled by the backlash against second-wave feminist zealotry that ushered in so-called "political correctness." But will liberals and progressives counter second-wave feminist zealotry? Camille Paglia could spearhead the needed opposition to second-wave feminist zealotry.

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How Women Polarized American Politics (REVIEW ESSAY) According to Marjorie J. Spruill's new book, women polarized American politics. For Spruill, pro-feminist women known as second-wave feminists and anti-feminist women known as conservatives such as Phyllis Schlafly polarized American politics. Hillary Rodham Clinton is a second-wave feminist. But in the parlance of second-wave feminists, so-called President Trump, who was endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly, is a male chauvinist pig.

Bischof Dr. Rudolf Voderholzer, 99. Deutscher Katholikentag, Regensburg Monday, February 20, 2017     

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Bishop Voderholzer's Accessible Short Book about Cardinal Henri de Lubac (REVIEW ESSAY) Because 60 percent of white American Catholics voted for Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, OEN readers might want to review the history of American Catholics during the last half century or more -- not counting the priest sex-abuse scandal that the American Catholic bishops covered up. Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer's book about Cardinal Henri de Lubac can serve as a point of departure for the review.

Steve_Bannon%2C_2014.png: Steve Bannon, 2014 Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Steve Bannon and Cardinal Burke of the Vatican For understandable reasons, progressives and liberals should continue to worry about President Donald J. Trump's hyperbolic and apocalyptic adviser Stephen K. Bannon. Recently Bannon's connection with Cardinal Raymond L. Burke of the Vatican has been reported and commented on by certain columnists. Because 60 percent of white American Catholics voted for Trump, they may be cheered on by the news about Bannon's connection.

Erich Neumann (Author of The Origins and History of Consciousness) Wednesday, January 4, 2017     

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Erich Neumann's Jungian Interpretation of Jacob and Esau (REVIEW ESSAY) Erich Neumann (1905-1960) settled in Palestine in 1934. From there, he corresponded with the Swiss psychiatrist and psychological theorist C. G. Jung, M.D. (1875-1961). He had analyzed Neumann and trained him as an analyst. With one letter, Neumann attached his Jungian analysis of Jacob and Esau. Using Walter J. Ong's thought, I want to discuss Neumann's interpretation of Jacob's wrestling with the angel and American culture.

Carl Gustav Jung and Analytical Psychology - ISAPZURICH Monday, December 26, 2016 (1 comments)     

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A Refreshing Presentation of Jung's Thought (REVIEW ESSAY) THE QUOTABLE JUNG (Princeton University Press, 2016) is a 375-page commonplace book of quotations selected and edited by Judith R. Harris with the collaboration of Tony Woolfson. It is a refreshing presentation of C. G. Jung's thought. As I will explain, Jung's thought about the anima complex in men's psyche's can help us understand certain white American men who voted for Donald J. Trump in his decisive electoral victory.

Secretary Clinton Briefs the Press on Capitol Hill Monday, December 19, 2016 (12 comments)     

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The Strategy That May Have Cost Hillary Rodham Clinton the Election Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scapegoating both Vladimir Putin and James Comey for her decisive electoral loss to Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's 2016 presidential candidate. But she pursued a deliberate campaign strategy that may have cost her the election, especially in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Friday, December 9, 2016     

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Paul Moses' View of Why the Mainstream Media Missed on Trump Paul Moses is a former full-time journalist who is now a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College/CUNY. His analysis of why the mainstream media missed on President-elect Donald J. Trump's decisive electoral vistory might interest OEN readers.

Spring 2016 Meeting - Westar Institute Thursday, December 8, 2016 (3 comments)     

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How the Historical Jesus Became a Superhero (REVIEW ESSAY) Liberals and progressives who are interested in how the historical Jesus was transformed into the superhero portrayed in the New Testament might find Dennis R. MacDonald's accessible book MYTHOLOGIZING JESUS: FROM JEWISH TEACHER TO EPIC HERO (2015) repays careful reading. It is a summative distillation of MacDonald's impressive body of scholarly work. It can also serve as an introduction to his other scholarly books.

From pomona.edu/news/2015/10/05-what%E2%80%99s-best-kind-college-professors-susan-mcwilliams-and-john-seery-offer-answer Wednesday, December 7, 2016     

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Susan McWilliams' Views of the 2016 Presidential Campaign and Aristotle's Views of Civic Rhetoric In an article at Commonweal Magazine, Susan McWilliams in political science at Pomona College sets forth her views of the 2016 presidential election. Even though she refers to certain points that Aristotle makes, she does not happen to advert explicitly to his famous treatise on civic rhetoric. But if we use his framework of thought about civic rhetoric, we can see her views of the 2016 campaign in a fresh light.

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Are We Now Going to Have a Race to the Bottom of the Well of Resentment? Thanks to Jill Stein's interventions, it looks like we are now going to have recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Should each recount result in Trump losing his electoral victory in each of those crucial battleground states, he would not be President-elect Trump. In the meantime, I suspect that liberal and progressives should get ready to endure President Trump and his administration. The rich will get richer

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Larry Rosin's Careful analysis of the Exit Polls According to Larry Rosin's careful analysis of the exit polls conducted by Edison Research, a curious picture emerges of the Trump voters who contributed decisively to Trump's victories in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina. Trump's decisive margin of victory came from voters who did not have a favorable view of him or of Hillary. But those voters broke strongly for Trump.

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What's Wrong with Paul Krugman's Analysis of Trump's Decisive Electoral Victory? The liberal economist Paul Krugman supported former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential candidate. As a result, perhaps Krugman was blindsided when the Republican Party's 2016 candidate, Donald J. Trump emerged with a decisive electoral victory. Krugman's analysis of Trump's victory is not cogent or compelling.

Texas A&M International University Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (2 comments)     

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What is "Identity Politics" -- and What's Wrong with It? In light of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's decisive loss in the Electoral College, both Mark Lilla and Ross Douthat have diagnosed the problem of the Democratic Party. It's what they refer to as "identity politics." They agree with one another that the Democratic Party going forward needs to evolve away from its "identity politics." But what exactly is "identity politics" -- and what's wrong with it?

Sunday, November 20, 2016     

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Humility, Anyone? Did you hear about the Princeton University pollster who ate a bug on CNN as punishment for overstating the likelihood of Hillary Rodham Clinton winning the 2016 presidential election? Then he published an op-ed in the New York Times about his overstatement and promised to teach his spring course at Princeton with "a heavy dose of humility." Imagine what the world would be like if more Americans cultivated humility.

Donald_Trump_and_Mike_Pence_RNC_July_2016.jpg: Donald Trump and Mike Pence RNC July Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (1 comments)     

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President Trump will not be Superman, just as President Obama was not Superman Years ago, Albert Ellis alerted us to watch out for our tendency to catastrophize. No doubt President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will bring about great mischief. But President Trump is not going to be Superman, just as President Obama was not Superman. In this third in my series of three op-ed refelctions on the election results, I want to discuss those results a bit further.

Hillary Clinton - The New Yorker Saturday, November 12, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Hillary Deserves Her Fair Share of Blame for Losing Decisively in the Electoral College Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential candidate, holds a small lead in the popular vote over the Republican Party's candidate. But she lost decisively in the Electoral College, because he managed to turn enough battleground states from blue to red. He successfully baited her with his assaults on the spirit of "political correctness." She took the bait and responded with proper indignation and lost.

Replace Insecure http://mediamass.net/jdd/public/documents/celebrities/858.jpg Thursday, November 10, 2016     

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Some Reflections on Trump's Victory The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series in extra innings in the seventh game. So persistence can pay off at times. But the persistence of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was born and raised in suburban Chicago, did not pay off in a victory for her in 2016. But liberals and progressives now need to cultivate their own persistence in fighting the good fight against conservatives.

John T. McGreevy // Faculty // Department of History // Universi Monday, November 7, 2016     

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John T. McGreevy's Account of Jesuit Globalization (REVIEW ESSAY) Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope -- and the first pope from South America (Argentina). Centuries before he was born, Jesuit missionaries were active in South America. Certain Jesuit missionaries in South America are commemorated in the 1986 movie "The Mission." John T. McGreevy in history at the University of Notre Dame, which is not a Jesuit university, recounts the Jesuit spirit of globalization from 1814 onward.

Pope_Francis_Philadelphia_2015_%28cropped%29.jpg: Pope Francis Philadelphia 2015 (c Sunday, November 6, 2016     

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Pope Francis Reaffirms the Ban on Women Priests For understandable reasons, OEN readers may be preoccupied with the 2016 presidential election. Compared to it, Pope Francis' recent reaffirmation of the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests may have escaped the notice of many OEN readers. So I want to explore certain issues involved in that ban.

Public Domain Review (@PublicDomainRev) Influencer Profile | Klear Monday, October 31, 2016     

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Rebecca Onion on Donald Trump and Women Rebecca Onion, who holds a Ph.D. in American studies, has published a perceptive op-ed commentary on Donald Trump and women, "No Girls Allowed" (dated Oct. 28, 2016). She has raised certain interesting issues that I myself did not mention in my earlier OEN piece "Trump and Women" (dated Oct. 24, 2016). So I'd like to discuss further certain points that she ably makes.

Donald Trump Monday, October 24, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Trump and Women Because of the number of undecided voters, it is still not unthinkable that Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's 2016 presidential candidate, could emerge victorious. But at times, his campaign has seemed to be about his right to insult and denigrate certain women. In the second presidential debate, he said that he is not proud of his crude comments to Billy Bush in 2005. But that still leaves a lot of other comments.

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Monday, October 10, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Bottom-up spirituality: For Rob Kall As OEN readers know, Rob Kall is fascinated with bottom-up imagery. I recently read a book chapter that reminded me of his fascination with bottom-up imagery. It was in Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks' new book on ethics. So I've decided to write about it in the larger context of the thought of the American Jesuit cultural historian and theorist Walter J. Ong (1912-2003), whose thought fascinates me.

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Rabbi Sacks' New Book of Essays on Ethics (REVIEW ESSAY) Progressives and liberals who are interested in political philosophy might want to consider taking a look at Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks' new book of essays on ethics. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Oxford University, and he knows a lot about our American cultural and political history. You will probably not be bored with his new book, especially if you are interested in the ideas of covenant and equality and freedom.

Wolfe_at_White_House.jpg: Wolfe at White House Friday, September 9, 2016     

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Tom Wolfe Spoofs Certain Secular Sacred Cows (REVIEW ESSAY) As OEN readers know, the developer Donald J. Trump of New York, the Republican Party's 2016 presidential candidate, has garnered a lot of free media coverage by saying things that are offensive to the spirit of political correctness. But Tom Wolfe's new book THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH satirically spoofs certain secular sacred cows of the political-correctness crowd, including Noam Charisma's linguistics. It's a fun book to read.

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Eric McLuhan Reminds Us of Connection Consciousness in Roman Catholicism (REVIEW ESSAY) We in Western culture today tend to think of connection consciousness among indigenous peoples, including American Indians. But Eric McLuhan, son of Marshall and Corinne McLuhan, in effect reminds us of connection consciousness in Roman Catholic tradition in his 2015 book. But it is a wee bit under-researched. Connection consciousness in Roman Catholic tradition is far more extensive than what he suggests, as I will indicate.

Guest Columnist Biography: Stanley Fish - New York Times Sunday, August 7, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Stanley Fish's New Book WINNING ARGUMENTS (Review Essay) As OEN readers know, Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate in 2016, likes to categorize people as winners and losers. I'd like to be a winner in life, but I can remember times when I felt like a loser. In arguments, I'd prefer to win. I don't aim to lose arguments, but I can remember times when I have not won arguments. But will Stanley Fish's new book WINNING ARGUMENTS really help me win arguments?

Charles M. Blow - The New York Times Friday, August 5, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Both Brooks and Blow Analyze Trump No doubt Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate in 2016, is evoking deep hates and fears and resentments in many white working-class men without a four-year college degree who ardently support him. Recently two regular columnists at the New York Times, conservative David Brooks and liberal Charles M. Blow, analyzed Trump and his ways of appealing to his supporters in competing op-ed pieces.

Ernest Hemingway - Wikiquote Friday, July 29, 2016     

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Lesley M. M. Blume on Hemingway's Hypermasculinity (REVIEW ESSAY) Through his personal and public life, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) exemplified the spirit of hypermasculinity, which he also celebrated in his breakthrough novel THE SUN ALSO RISES (1926). When Donald J. Trump today says that he wants to make America great again, he means that he wants to bring back the spirit of hypermasculinity that Hemingway helped popularize. As a result, Lesley M. M. Blume's book on Hemingway is timely.

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White Police Assassinations in Dallas, Police Deadly Force Against Blacks in the U.S., and Aeschylus on the Furies, In ancient Athens, the playwright Aeschylus portrayed the Furies in his trilogy of plays known as the ORESTEIA. Donald J. Trump, the presumptive presidential candidate of the Republican Party, appeals to our inner Furies today. A vote for Trump is a vote for our inner Furies. A vote against Trump is a vote against our inner Furies.

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The Declaration of Independence and Our American Identity Will our American covenant hold, or fall apart, in the 2016 presidential election? Our idealistic Declaration of Independence will be put to the test in the 2016 presidential election by the mud-slinging of the Republican presidential candidate. Perhaps we Americans can draw some strength from the Servant Songs of the anonymous ancient Hebrew prophet known as Second Isaiah, especially from the Suffering Servant Song.

Alumnae Profiles  ? The Madeira School Friday, June 24, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Clara Bingham Revisits the 1969-1970 Year of Revolution (REVIEW ESSAY) In her informative new book WITNESS TO THE REVOLUTION: RADICALS, RESISTERS, VETS, HIPPIES, AND THE YEAR AMERICA LOST ITS MIND AND FOUND ITS SOUL, New York-based journalist Clara Bingham inter-cuts passages from numerous interviews she conducted with certain people who were involved in the tumultuous and still controversial events between August 1969 and September 1970. But her book could help ignite anti-60s conservatives.

Bergen,_Peter_(2007)_crop.jpg: File:Bergen, Peter (2007) crop.jpg - Wikimedia Commo Wednesday, June 15, 2016     

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My Reply to Peter Bergen's Op-Ed about Terrorists Peter Bergen has published a well-informed op-ed in the New York Times about terrorists. So I want to reply to it.

Monday, June 13, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Secondary Oral Culture Roils Our Psyches Deep Down Walter J. Ong's account of the communications media that accentuate sound in our contemporary secondary oral culture can help us understand why many conservatives today, including many white males who support the wealthy developer Donald J. Trump of New York.

Mark K. Updegrove and Sebastian Junger Sunday, May 29, 2016     

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Sebastian Junger's New Book TRIBE: ON HOMECOMING AND BELONGING (Review Essay) Monday, May 30, 2016, will be Memorial Day. Surely it is fitting for us to remember those American soldiers who died in combat. But Sebastian Junger's new book TRIBE: ON HOMECOMING AND BELONGING reminds us not to forget the problems of post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) and suicide among combat veterans after they return. I found certain parts of his elegantly written short book called to my mind numerous associations.

Bernie Sanders for President Monday, May 23, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Disaffected White Men Many disaffected white men have supported Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Democratic presidential primaries, just as certain other disaffected white men have supported the billionaire developer Donald Trump of New York in the Republican presidential primaries. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, the white novelist Mary Gordon inadvertently provides us with a hint about why so many white men are disaffected.

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In Memoriam: John Bradshaw (1933-2016) Progressives and liberals who are interested in personal development and growth may already be familiar with the recovering alcoholic and psychotherapist and self-help evangelist John Bradshaw. Drawing on his 2014 book, I will review what his use of Silvan Tomkins' work on nine basic human affects (feelings). I will also briefly discuss how Bradshaw's perceptive psychological insights can help us understand conservatives.

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Is Donald J. Trump a Fascist Candidate, or a Semi-Fascist Candidate? Is Donald J. Trump a fascist candidate, or a semi-fascist candidate? I don't want to sound unduly alarmist about Trump. But I want to review nine features of fascism that Robert O. Paxton in history at Columbia University discerns as characteristics of fascism in Europe in the twentieth century. Then I want to turn to Peter Steinfels recent op-ed piece describing Trump as a semi-fascist.

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Darcia Narvaez's 2014 Book and Donald J. Trump's 2016 Presidential Primary Campaign (REVIEW ESSAY) The anti-60s conservative counter-revolutionaries supporting the billionaire developer Donald J. Trump's presidential primary campaign are white male rage-aholics. They are on the wrong side of history. Unfortunately, it is not unthinkable that he could be elected to be President Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

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Sarah Bakewell Wants Us to Become Existentialists (REVIEW ESSAY) In her informative and accessible new book AT THE EXISTENTIAL CAFE: FREEDOM, BEING, AND APRICOT COCKTAILS: WITH JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR, ALBERT CAMUS, MARTIN HEIDEGGER, KARL JASPERS, EDMUND HUSSERL, MAURICE MERLEAU-PONTY, AND OTHERS (2016), the British author Sarah Bakewell aims to persuade people in the English-speaking world to reconsider the existentialists. -- and perhaps become existentialists ourselves.

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Marcia Pally Does the Heavy Lifting to Advance Bernie Sanders' Political Revolution (REVIEW ESSAY) Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has been channeling the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos. But our contemporary American consciousness and culture are a wee bit more evolved. As a result, the political revolution that Senator Sanders calls for in the U.S. will probably need the heavy lifting that Marcia Pally ably undertakes in her new book COMMONWEALTH AND COVENANT: ECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND THEOLOGIES OF RELATIONALITY.

Thursday, March 31, 2016     

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William Egginton Celebrates Cervantes' Achievement (REVIEW ESSAY) OEN readers might want to take a step back from the news cycle by checking out young William Egginton's accessible new book THE MAN WHO INVENTED FICTION: HOW CERVANTES USHERED IN THE MODERN WORLD. When Cervantes died in 1616, the American colonies were struggling. But the emerging American culture went on to epitomize the modern world that Egginton credits Cervantes with ushering in. But what about American culture today?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016     

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What's Coming Next in the Republican Presidential Primary? In the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I want to give Donald J. Trump credit for NOT taking out his male appendage and displaying it on national television to show us how big it is -- after he had boasted on national television about how big it is. By NOT doing this, he showed a modicum of restraint. More recently, he and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas have exchanged barbs about their wives. So what's coming next?

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The American Catholic Law Professor M. Cathleen Kaveny Addresses Our Culture Wars (REVIEW ESSAY) Many non-Catholic progressives and liberals may understandably be weary of conservative American Catholic cultural warriors. The American Catholic law professor M. Cathleen Kaveny addresses our contemporary American culture wars in her new book PROPHECY WITHOUT CONTEMPT: RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE. Ironically, it has come out at a time when Donald J. Trump is freely expressing contempt in the public square.

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Profiling the Oppo-Appeals in the Match-Up of Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016 The results of the most recent presidential primaries show Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic front-runner and Donald J. Trump as the Republican front-runner. If these two front-runners emerge as the candidates in the 2016 presidential election, certain basic profiles will be used as oppo-appeals against each candidate.

Donald Trump Saturday, March 5, 2016 (3 comments)     

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President Donald J. Trump? Progressives and liberals should carefully consider the possibility that Donald J. Trump could be elected the next president of the United States. At the present time, his grass-roots appeal is spreading like a contagion in the Republican primaries. He could emerge as the Republican Party's presidential candidate in 2016, and he could be elected president of the United States in November 2016.

Donald Trump Sr. at #FITN in Nashua, NH Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Progressives and Liberals Should Keep an Eye on the Republican Presidential Primaries Progressives and liberals should keep an eye on the Republican presidential primaries. For understandable reasons, progressives and liberals may not be interested in the Republican presidential contestants. But one of them will emerge as the Republican Party's candidate. Thus far, Donald J. Trump has emerged as the front-runner in the primaries because of the insurgency of anti-60s rage-aholics in the Republican Party.

Monday, February 29, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Three Cheers for Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette's 1990 Book: Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! (REVIEW ESSAY) OEN's Rob Kall is interested in charming psychopaths. One way to understand charming psychopaths is to recognize that they are manifesting certain "shadow" forms of the archetypes that Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette ably discuss in their accessible short 1990 book about the four masculine archetypes of maturity. Of course women may also be charming psychopaths, who are manifesting "shadow" forms of the feminine archetypes.

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