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Educated in the classics, philosophy, literature, theology, and sociology, I teach sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. My writing on varied topics has appeared widely over many years. I write as a public intellectual for the general public, not as a specialist for a narrow readership. I believe a non-committal sociology is an impossibility and therefore see all my work as an effort to enhance human freedom through understanding.


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OBEY Friday, April 7, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Trump Comes In From The Cold, Gets Media Respect How the anti-Russia propaganda campaign waged by liberals,conservatives, and the mainstream corporate media has succeeded in "transforming" Donald Trump from a bad guy friend of Vladimir Putin into a good guy American President in the traditional sense.

Martin Luther King press conference 01269u edit Wednesday, April 5, 2017     

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The Silent Cries of Hiding Children: Fifty Years After MLK's Riverside Church Speech This essay explores the myth of American "innocence" through the poem of woman who, as a child, was raped by her father and through the prophetic antiwar speech Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a year to the day before he was assassinated by the same government forces that recently have killed many children and civilians in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

Search photos .replay button. Sunday, March 26, 2017     

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No Replays Next Time A poem about the spectral world of nuclear war denial

Snow Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Snow, Death and the Bewildered Herd This is a an exploration of why so many people today are addicted to endless flows of electronic information that prevents them from thinking calmly and clearly about what is going on in the world and in themselves.

The Truman Show (1998) - IMDb Friday, February 24, 2017 (43 comments)     

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The Deep State Goes Shallow: A Reality-TV Coup d'etat in Prime Time How a coup against Donald Trump is being carried out so openly that its obviousness conceals its deeper implications.

blank page Saturday, February 18, 2017     

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After Reading Li Po A poem about trying to do nothing or not to do something.

Live (Envy) Thursday, February 16, 2017     

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Without Poetry We are Dead: With It We Die Living A reminder of why poetry is, and always has been, essential to the sustainment of the human spirit in good times and in bad.

Women%27s_March_%28VOA%29_03.jpg: Women's March (VOA) 03 Saturday, February 4, 2017 (8 comments)     

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Symbolic Seduction: Women's Rights, Partisan Politics, Ethnocentrism and "American Narcissism" An analysis of the Women's Anti-Trump Marches and the symbolism of the Pussyhat Project.

My Pretty Baby Cried She Was a Bird: Sandra Dee Saturday, January 28, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Dream Lovers A story/ poem about a man who encounters the actress Sandra Dee staring at him from the cover of People magazine at a supermarket checkout.

From opednews.com/articles/Stories-Within-Stories-by-Mark-Taliano-Intelligence_Perpetrators_Strategies-160724-270.html: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (18 comments)     

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A Valiant Verbal Warrior Demythologizes the CIA To understand the CIA one must grasp its mythic nature and the way it manipulates the public mind. Douglas Valentine understands this, and through his research and writing demythologizes the the CIA. He embodies the mythic hero in this work.

AFSCME | .I've Been to the Mo Saturday, January 14, 2017     

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A Day of Service is a Disservice to the Truth of MLK's Life, Death, and Witness A "Day of Service" for Martin Luther King Day needs to be replaced with a "Day of Truth" so that people can understand the true nature of his witness: why he died, who killed him, and why it matters for radical social change today.

Replace Insecure http://gregstevens.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/school-drill.jpg Wednesday, January 11, 2017     

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In the Blood How growing up through endless war affects a child.

Replace Insecure http://www.onthisdeity.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/albert-camus.jpg Saturday, January 7, 2017 (13 comments)     

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Remembering Albert Camus' "The Plague": It is US As described by the great Albert Camus in his novel "The Plague," we are living in plague time. To fight it we must accept the truth that the U.S. government bears overwhelming responsibility for spreading this violence around the world.

Bob Dylan - Another Side of Bob Dylan LP Sunday, December 11, 2016 (32 comments)     

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Bob Dylan Doesn't Exist Since Bob Dylan doesn't exist, he couldn't attend the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

A human being... Saturday, December 3, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The Gift of Words As the holiday shopping madness intensifies, it is important to remember what the essence of gifts is.

Hands Clasped in Sand Thursday, December 1, 2016     

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Still Life A poem about recovering the past in an image of one you love.

Replace Insecure http://a4.files.biography.com/image/upload/c_fill%2Ccs_srgb%2Cdpr_1.0%2Cg_face%2Ch_300%2Cq_80%2Cw_300/MTE5NTU2MzE2MjgwNDg5NDgz.jpg Friday, November 25, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The Government that Honors Dr. Martin Luther King with a National Holiday Killed Him A review of the culminating book in a trilogy by the preeminent authority on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cristoforo Stati aka Cristofano da Bracciano (1556-1619) - Orpheus (c1 Monday, October 24, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Down the Years Molly Bloom's brother from the Bronx lets it fly through the ether

Which path? Monday, October 17, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Together Forever A poem about the love that binds a father and daughter.

1000+ images about Jung: Fate...Synchronicity on Pinterest | Carl . Saturday, October 15, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The Wonder of the Uncanny An account of two uncanny experiences and how people try to understand them.

Letters (0108) Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (3 comments)     

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A Correspondence on Hope: Letters between a Student and a Professor This is an epistolary exchange between a college student and his professor concerning the issue of how to remain hopeful under the current dismal world situation.

HOMELAND SECURITY ... Monday, September 26, 2016 (4 comments)     

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The Homeland Security Guard A meditation on living within and defending the fabricated world of Hitlerian homeyness and illusionary history. "He didn't know and not Knowing was nothing new to him. He never knew despite years Wasted in the pursuit of what Can laughingly be called Security."

176/365 - Always Kiss Me Goodnight Thursday, September 15, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Scenes From A Friend's Life The story of a poet's pilgrimage through the time of his life.

911 Phone Sunday, September 11, 2016 (15 comments)     

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Why I Don't Speak of 9/11 Anymore An analysis of the linguistic mind control used before, during, and after the attacks of September 11, 2001. "9/11" being the key one.

DSC01051 - Doing Nothing Sunday, September 4, 2016 (5 comments)     

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An Anti-Labor Day A modest proposal for making Labor Day, and one day per month, Do Nothing Days on which Americans must desist from their usual frenzied busyness. For those who can't do nothing, a solution is proposed.

Zombie-like he stares at the screen Monday, August 22, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Recycling Boredom Seeking to escape boredom, many people embrace methods that are themselves intensely boring due to repetition and monotony. This is often an unconscious effort to avoid a vital encounter with personal and social truth.

Autumn Reading Wednesday, August 17, 2016 (3 comments)     

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The Classics A poem about reading the classics that are our lives.

Noam Chomsky Friday, August 12, 2016 (134 comments)     

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Prof. Noam Chomsky, Anarchist, Lectures Leftists on Why They Should Vote for Neo-Liberal, War Hawk Hillary Clinton A critique of Noam Chomsky's article arguing for leftists to vote for Hilary Clinton as the lesser of two evils.

quiet Wednesday, August 3, 2016 (8 comments)     

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The Disappearance of Silence How the loss of silent reflection has been replaced with noisy busyness, resulting in the inability to think clearly about crucial issues, including the march to war with Russia.

As Hillary C Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Happy Fifth Anniversary, Hillary, You've Destroyed Libya A reminder of Hilary Clinton's major role in the attack on Libya five years ago that has resulted in tens of thousand of deaths,chaos,civil war,and the rise of Islamic State jihadists.

Replace Insecure https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5497/12012086896_f8c4444d1c.jpg Monday, July 18, 2016 (20 comments)     

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The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and "The Polka-dot File" A review of a new and important book on the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy that revolves around a girl in a polka-dot dress seen fleeing the Ambassador Hotel shouting, "We killed him. We killed him." "We shot Senator Kennedy."

sofia-071 Saturday, June 18, 2016 (6 comments)     

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The Death of Fathers Why it's important to celebrate fathers while we still have them. Soon they may be extinct. One son's remembrance of his father through his letters.

Pigs Wednesday, June 15, 2016     

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Pigs with Small Eyes: A Disquisition on a Compulsion A followup report on the replication of groundbreaking research from the 1950s explaining why stinky pigs with small eyes tend to gain weight as they age and to stare at people.

JFK and RFK Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The Media's "Repetition Compulsion" in Coverage of the Presidential Primaries The unspeakable truth omitted from the repetitious coverage of the presidential primaries

Story Telling Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (5 comments)     

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We Live by Myths Myths are the stories that we live.

Bob Dylan 013 Saturday, February 20, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Hope Moves in Shadowy and Offbeat Places: Bob Dylan, Death, and the Creative Spirit This essay explores the sources of hope and creative inspiration in the music of Bob Dylan.

Sinatra's profound 1965 album Friday, January 1, 2016     

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Listening to Frank Sinatra on New Year's Day Frank Sinatra and New Year's Resolutions.

John F. Kennedy Saturday, November 14, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Who's Afraid of John F. Kennedy? George Will's and Bill O'Reilly's public theatrics.

Robot love Thursday, September 3, 2015 (8 comments)     

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Marrying Robots, Killing With Drones, and Making Empty Selfies Rollo May, a prophet of our crazed society.

2009 Five Presidents George W. Bush, President Elect Barack Obama, Form Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Follow the Trail of Facts, Hints, and Allegations - Connect the Dots A timeline of significant events creating a disturbing political pattern.

Albert Camus Monday, June 8, 2015 (2 comments)     

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The First Freedom Act An essay for freedom.

Anthrax infection Tuesday, December 2, 2014 (3 comments)     

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The 2001 Anthrax Deception Anyone concerned about the truth behind 9/11 and the anthrax attacks should read this profoundly important book. It is filled with tight argumentation backed by solid evidence, and even the speculative parts ring true.

Carnaval, gemaskerde obers / Mardi Gras, waiters wearing masks Monday, November 3, 2014 (1 comments)     

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The Ghosts of Fall A meditation on acting, death, masks, ghosts, and the fall in the U.S.A. today.

From opednews.com/populum/uploadphotos/s_300_opednews_com_94064_s_300_upload_wikimedia_org_90727_TopSecretFile_950_907.g Saturday, September 27, 2014 (7 comments)     

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Propaganda, Brainwashing, Playing Dumb to Avoid the Truth An analysis of why people refuse to seek the truth about important political and social issues

From flickr.com/photos/48889088479@N01/14945224652/ Monday, August 18, 2014 (7 comments)     

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Remember To Use Your Forgettery To Forget All the Trivia Meant To Divert Your Attention from Important Matters An analysis of why Americans can't think straight about the machinations of their government.

Fathers_Day_at_Kenai_%285847019587%29.jpg: Fathers Day at Kenai %285847019587%29 Sunday, June 15, 2014 (2 comments)     

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My Father's Voice Remembering my father through his letters.