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Les Adler is professor emeritus of history in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University. A specialist in twentieth century American history, his academic publications have dealt with America during the Cold War Era and on issues in interdisciplinary higher education. He has worked as a film and book reviewer for Bay Area newspapers and has contributed political and social commentary to national newspapers and National Public Radio.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, September 18, 2020 First, They Came
A stark reminder of the gradual, and possibly final, erosion of every fundamental protection assumed to be built into our democratic system during the Trump years. With thanks to Martin Niemøller.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Eviction Notice
TIME TO GO! Official Eviction Notice to be sent to Donald Trump as of November 3, 2020. Includes multiple violations of the terms of the current lease and warning of consequences of failure to vacate by January 20, 2021.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 30, 2020 The Sleep of Reason
In the midst of a pandemic with a President stoking the politics of fear, rationality collapses. Can we awaken from democracy's nightmare?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 25, 2020 Rhyme or Reason: Responses to the Pandemic
While the past is always present, particularly in moments of crisis, the question is whether we can use the power of science and reason rather than ignorance and fear to adjust our reactions to the reality of the modern day world. Series: So What's New? (1 Articles, 969 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 26, 2018 Break Point
Comparison of McCarthyism and Trumpism as examples of demagogic- and 'paranoid'-style political outbreaks. Discussion and analysis of past and current conditions under which such 'fevers' can break.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 28, 2018 While America Slept
Comparison of Munich Summit, 1938 with Trump-Putin Summit, 2018
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, March 26, 2018 Voices of America's Youth
And the children shall lead us! Commentary on the March For Our Lives Event in Washington, D.C. and nationally.
The best opportunity yet for turning the corner on effective gun control policies.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, January 5, 2018 The "Bully's Pulpit"
Commentary on Donald Trump's misuse of the presidential "Bully Pulpit" emphasizing dangers to survival of democracy in both domestic and foreign affairs. Compares Trump and Joseph McCarthy in bullying techniques.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 18, 2017 Dancing on the Edge
Commentary on dangers of nuclear disaster and war in Korea stemming from unpredictable or unforeseen events (Black Swans), miscalculation, human error or lack of caution.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 18, 2016 Originalist Sin
Defining Republican obstructionist tactics on President's Supreme Court nomination for what they are: an "Originalist Sin" against the literal meaning and spirit of the Constitution.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 29, 2013 America's Tar Baby
Article adds important historical context to current policy issues related to the use of nuclear energy to exploit Canadian Tar Sands oil and pending US decisions about the XL Pipeline.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Conversation with a Cicada
An imaginative conversation about the consequences of global climate change with a member of another species.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 11, 2013 The Cosmic Question
A creative reframing of critical global climate change questions in metaphoric terms using language from T.S. Eliot's poetry. "The Cosmic Question" refers to pending policy decisions relating to rising CO2 levels, fracking and the XL Pipeline.