The forces of hatred are rising again in America. We have abandoned the great principle of equal treatment for all which powered the civil rights progress of the past two centuries. This leaves us vulnerable to the social engineers of the Left and the counter-revolutionaries of the Right. Their conflict might widen the fissures of … Continue reading About a cause of America’s rising tide of hatred. We can still stop it.
Summary: Amidst the recollections about the trials and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., let's remember that at the peak of his success another man's actions would undo much of his work. Barry Goldwater betrayed the Republican Party and poisoned American politics at what should have been a moment of triumph. Now the Republicans have an … Continue reading On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let the GOP remember its great betrayal
Summary: 4GW is the dominant form of warfare in our time, allowing materially weaker peoples to defeat stronger opponents. Such victories are not free; they require a group to become morally strong: cohesive, disciplined, behaving so as to gather support from others. Mere violence accomplishes nothing, as African-Americans will learn again in Ferguson MO. . … Continue reading The protesters at Ferguson might have won, but choose to lose
Summary: 19 June 1964. I believe on this day America took a wrong turn. It was the day we took a large step to closure on the wound opened by the Civil War, another step to atoning for and overcoming the legacy of slavery. The Senate voted to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. But … Continue reading Congress did a great thing 50 years ago, but rot from that day has spread and taken root
Summary: Racism stained the American experiment at its formation, and has warped its evolution at every stage since. The civil war could have purged it, but the Union abandoned Reconstruction unfinished -- allowing the South's whites to stage one of the most effective insurgencies in history and regain control (a key part of this was … Continue reading The pilgrimage of Martin Luther King: an antidote to amnesia about our history