I just watched the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors for Brian Wilson. For reasons that are easy to guess -- his life story, his genius, his music -- I am sobbing. For other things, too: for him, for us; in gratitude, in fear. A decade later, neither the country nor the world look anything like they … Continue reading Heroes and Villains: Brian Wilson, Donald Trump
There's nothing to say now to Eugene Victor Debs or William Jennings Bryan. No spring under iron wheels and no thaw in the concrete borders of compassion. No dispersing from the lock-step forms of ill-formed fear, fear of self, of other, fear of washing rain, revealing living oneness, fear of drowning in it. There's no … Continue reading Poem: The Birds
"I was taught to believe you could use words to change the course of rivers -- that even the darkest secrets would fall under the harsh light of the sun...But facts have been replaced by opinions. Information has been replaced by entertainment. Reporters have become stenographers. I can't be the only one who's sick of … Continue reading When Clark Kent Quit the Daily Planet
Is it just me, or does this ad for gold include a subliminal (or overt) connection between said precious metal and the Cross? A good occasion to refresh our memories regarding one William Jennings Bryan. Timely, timely, timely.
Libertate made the title of this post possible. Thank you, Libertate. Click through to see that these items aren't really just for Libertarians. Classic American political philosophy is awesome, and so is the Gadsen flag.
A few days ago, I posted a link to this piece by Lawrence Lessig. It's something of a love letter to Newt Gingrich in which Lessig blames the former Speaker for most of Washington's current dysfunction. According to Lessig, Newt was the architect of the current winner-take-all, reelection obsessed profanities posing as politics. I'm not … Continue reading Superman, Mark Twain, and Lawrence Lessig: Congress Is The Light That Never Goes On
A few days ago, I shared this schematic and called it a "Venn Diagram for the New Revolution.": One reader responded thusly: "except the statement in the middle neither says that the government has too much power nor is part of the tea party opinion pool conclusion: the author neither understands venn diagrams nor political … Continue reading But “Venn” Is Just So Fun to Say!