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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.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Conscience (and Politics?) of the Pope Differing reports of the Pope's contrition for the Church puts a cloud over the momentous event.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 10, 2010
"The Low Road is Bumper to Bumper" Social criticism is a tradition in America, says James Carroll, and he is correct, but what comes of it all. Aren't we basically deaf to the essential problem?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 3, 2010
Net Neutrality in Trouble Net Neutrality is ESSENTIAL in a democracy increasingly involved and dependent on fairness on the internet. The FCC must regulate internet service providers.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 18, 2010
World-wide Attack on the Vatican? Think of it as an Opportunity! One of the insidious doctrines of Roman Catholicism is that only God can judge the Church and its clergy. We profoundly reject this as tautological nonsense. The Church is a temporal edifice and subject to the laws of mankind.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 16, 2010
Indulgence! No! New Yorker Magazine's Hendrick Hertzberg gives Pope Benedict's Church a virtual pass. Since when are medieval indulgences a greater evil than raping children!
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 11, 2010
Forging a Green Economy Global warming and the attendant climate change is the greatest challenge we face as a species, not because of the probably dire consequences, but because of who we are.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Hot Seething Anger Satisfied human beings dislike (even hate) change. Progress is a dirty word to the self-satisfied. For the rest of us Change is necessary for our lives. For others Change requires reconsidering an entire world view. It is painful and that is what we are experiencing now--their pain.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Health Care Reform and Its Discontents The GOP will self-immolate over Health Care Reform.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 17, 2010
China's Motivations China's monetary policy is not helping the rest of the world emerge from the Great Recession, but it is helping them bootstrap. The question is whether it is precedent for an aggressive China when they become #1.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 7, 2010
High Hopes Strangled in Their Cradle The etiology of malfunctioning politics is very likely an "emergent property," one which emanates from the essential parts working (or actually not working) together effectively.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 6, 2010
The Problem in Virginia Radical reactionaries have Richmond and threaten higher education in Virginia.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The Problem in the White House Smell the smoke! There is a fire under Rahm Emanuel and it is about time. With luck we can rid ourselves of this carbuncle on the Presidency.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 27, 2010
Playing Games While the Planet Warms and Climates Change Disputing facts about global warming is gaming the ignorance of the public. It would not matter, if after the damage is done we who survive could rid ourselves of those who deny the truth. The problem is one of leadership and that is sorely lacking.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The "God Gap"? Religious tolerance is our creed. We respect all religions, but we do not proclaim one above others. That is the American way. Make sure the zealots do not get traction on this issue.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 22, 2010
"Starve the Beast" Paul Krugman does a good job of pinning the GOP slogan to the wall. Now we need to understand the reasons for it ... and it is not all because they don't trust bureaucrats.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 13, 2010
A Fatal Flaw Charles M. Blow nails the Obama problem. The question is whether Obama has the guts to change.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Slow Motion Implosion of the EU Ominous rumblings from the southern tier in Europe are visibly on Germany's plate and silently on ours. In the Navy we would say "stand by for heavy rolls."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2010
The Internet: Powerful, Yet Fragile The importance of the Internet cannot be overstated, but the motives for governments and net citizens do not necessarily coincide.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2010
How China Thinks Sergei Brin, Larry Page, and Hillary Clinton have turned a corner in the progress of the global culture we are constructing. China's leaders will be left behind. The very forces of history that have humbled China will free her finally. We call it the Internet.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2010
The Supreme Court and Galloping Fascism This weeks ruling by SCOTUS is a travesty, a dagger in the heart of human democracy. The ruling must be overturned.

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