In Portland, federal agents in tactical gear used bats to push back moms in bike helmets. Dozens were tear-gassed. Some were hit with less-lethal bullets. Still, they stayed. "When you're a mom you have this primal urge to protect kids."https://t.co/hP8uDZ9PzR — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 22, 2020 So it’s come down to this. Trump has […]

A few months ago I reviewed a Michael Powell film called the 49th Parallel, where he dramatized Canadians of German descent rejecting attempts by Hitler’s agents to recruit them into the Nazi Cause. Well it turns out to have been more complex than Powell’s great but admittedly propagandistic film. After the Second World War, the […]

John Lewis has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. His later support for the Clintons and the Democratic Party establishment was disappointing, but there’s no question that he was one of the most important leaders against the totalitarian one-party, segregationist state that existed in the South until 1964, the year before I was born. Whenever […]

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In addition to being unbelievably sad, there’s something quite revealing about the story of Siya Kakkar, a 16-year-old New Delhi girl who had over a million followers on the Chinese streaming media service. She not only committed suicide. She had a manager. In the social media post, Viral wrote:…

The pro-Palestinian college professor (now bus driver) who lost his academic career because he took the idea of “free speech” a little too seriously is probably better qualified to write about the issue than I am. In short, free speech isn’t merely an ideal that allows everyone to have a say, commie and Nazi alike.  […]

Yesterday a group of elite intellectuals and journalists published an “open letter” in Harper’s Magazine defending the idea of “free speech.” The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more […]

At one point or another every English major has had to read Robert Frost’s poem Mending Wall. Mending Wall By Robert Frost Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of […]

A little social commentary displayed on a house down the street from my gym. I’m confused about whether this is an idealist or a materialist view of the world. The Dream comes from The Pain. The Vision Comes from Dream. So you start out with the physical and then stack one idea (The Vision) on […]

It would be hard to improve on Michael Parenti’s little 3-minute talk (which ends with a hilarious joke most of us can really identify with). The clip centers on sexual and gender identity, but I’ve always found that  some of the most shameless practitioners of “oppression olympics” are conservative white people. The “Irish Slaves” hoax […]

Yesterday two wealthy middle-aged lawyers in Saint Louis were so terrified of a group of Black Lives Matter protesters who marched into their gated community that they stood on their front lawn in front of their gaudy mansion brandishing their guns. Once you trespass on my property and threaten to kill my family. You forfeit […]