A season’s reflections on socialism

Nine reflections on the fall of the Soviet Union, what socialism is and isn't, and getting to socialism USA.


Your mailman delivers Santa magic each Christmas season

Overwhelmed this time of year, Santa Claus has delegated the answering of his letters to committees, and your mailman has been certified as the chair of the Royal Oak Elves Committee.


Ten bright spots for hope in 2014

Let's keep hope alive this holiday season and into the New Year with the hope and expectation that lasting victories are possible!


Sanctions against Venezuela: Colossal hypocrisy

Venezuela and its allies have reacted strongly to what they call an attack on Venezuela's national sovereignty.


What is Hanukkah really all about?

Solstice? revolution? religious miracle? military might? Like most things, this holiday can be viewed from multiple perspectives.


The right’s working class philosopher

Nicknamed the "longshoreman philosopher," Eric Hoffer was the best-known working-class author and intellectual in postwar America.


The limits of charity

I believe in charity, but it is no substitute for government resources and policies. That's why I urge people to support change agents.


In Ferguson, a prosecutor manipulates the justice system to prevent indictment

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson never went to trial for killing Mike Brown, but he had one of the best attorneys anyone in his situation could have had.


“With liberty and justice for all someday”

I don't know about you, but over the last few years I've become more aware of patriotic expression in our public life.


How long before that arc bends towards justice?

Almost 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, and asked "How long?" His words ring as true today as ever.

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