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Where gun rights go wrong

English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) famously described life in a state of nature as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short,” a condition in which human beings are obliged to engage in an endless war of “all against all.” For Hobbes and other Enlightenment...

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Legacy of Hate

If undue attempts to smear a book by those it threatens to unmask are any indication of the power of said book's arguments, then Nancy MacLean's "Democracy in Chains" is indeed a juggernaut. In a work of rare historical insight and persuasion, MacLean lays bare the...

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White Nationalism: The End of an Error

If the labels associated with the recent violence in Virginia are any indication, White Supremacists have gone in for a name change, preferring to call themselves White Nationalists. That the group should attempt to re-brand itself is understandable; however, the...

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The Confederate Monuments Controversy

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's speech on the fate of four prominent monuments in New Orleans addresses a long-standing debate between those who profess a love of history and those who see that history reflected in present-day racism. The speech provides a cogent summary of...

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This week in history: The Overland Campaign

In the spring of 1864, with the Army of the Potomac encamped in northern Virginia, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant vowed, "I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer." As it happened, the ensuing campaign would take all of that and more. From...

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This week in history: Battle of Shiloh

The two-day battle at Shiloh (Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee) marked the first major Union victory of the Civil War and proved a gruesome portent of the fighting to come. From "The Devil's Own Day," FATEFUL LIGHTING, by William Hillenbrand: By the first week of April,...

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A Modest Proposal revisited

Back in the early 1700’s, Irish satirist Jonathan Swift sought to redress the suffering of his impoverished countrymen with a simple suggestion. In a parody of careful reasoning, Swift proposed that they sell their infant children to the English for use as food, going...

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Trump crosses “event horizon”

With President Trump's return to Twitter warfare in leveling unsubstantiated charges that his predecessor ordered the wire-tapping of his offices, what little hope existed for a return to some semblance of normality in the White House has now been extinguished. After...

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The Donald v. The World

Among the many questions Donald Trump has not been asked during his meteoric—as in large, dense object on a collision course with everything humanity holds dear—rise to become his party’s nominee for the highest office in the land, is the question of what he sees as...

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Republican debate heroes

Call it a moment of karmic resonance or proof that irony is the soul of wisdom. While channel-surfing in advance of the latest Republican debate I happened upon a scene from the movie "Billy Jack Goes to Washington" (1977). For those with the good fortune never to...

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