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A Realistic Liberalism

“…it has been actually under deliberation how to make Man, by other Mediums than Nature has hitherto provided. Every Sect has a Recipe.” This above epigraph, borrowing from Lord Shaftesbury’s…

After Trump scuttled plans to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, Biden put it on a fast track

Have the Monday blues? Well, here’s some good news! The Biden administration announced Monday that it is working to “speed up” efforts in redesigning the $20 bill to feature Harriet…

The Worldly Categories of a Papal Dreamer

The Francis pontificate seems to have run its course, its élan spent.   Evidence of intellectual exhaustion is not hard to find.  The Pope’s recent social encyclical Fratelli tutti (October 2020)…

'Left are just mad': More than 30 cops linked to Trump-incited Capitol riot

At least 31 law enforcement officers in 12 states are being investigated after being linked in some way to the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, according to…

Pandemic Nightmares

Conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 pandemic are legion and sometimes go like this (I have heard such theories more than once): governments everywhere, avid as governments by their very nature…

Join the party for our sister, Madame Vice President Kamala Harris

We did it! Kamala Devi Harris is our vice president as of Wednesday. We broke down walls and shattered not one, or two, but three ceilings. No matter what lies ahead,…

To Bigotry No Sanction

There were few Jewish citizens in the founding era, and they were certainly not a constituency that needed to be cultivated for political reasons. Nevertheless, President George Washington assured the…

Biden cleans house of propagandists at the Voice of America

President Biden is pushing back Donald Trump’s efforts to turn the U.S. Agency for Global Media, including its flagship Voice of America, from U.S. state media (however problematic that may often…

Democracies and Double Standards

Shortly before he died, Francois Mitterand gathered his friends for one final grand meal.  The meal featured ortolan, a rare bird, that was, illegal to consume.  I recall discussing the…

Metal detectors keep finding House Republicans with weapons. How long has that been going on?

U.S. Capitol police are investigating after Rep. Andy Harris, Republican of Maryland, attempted to bring a concealed gun onto the House floor. Harris was caught by the new metal detector installed…