Thoreau reminds us about one of the few tools we have to control the government

Summary: Our leaders and DC courtiers tell us that our role is to obey the government. Yet our forefathers found civil disobedience an invaluable tool in their quest to build and improve America: the Boston Tea Party, abolitionists, suffragettes, Martin Luther King and the freedom riders, Now we're urged to do otherwise by those seeking … Continue reading Thoreau reminds us about one of the few tools we have to control the government

Sobering words from a great man about the road ahead

Summary:  As we start the New Year, these words from the past can inspire us today -- as they inspired their audience 45 years ago.  Inspiration might be the most valuable support we need in 2012. . Dr. Martin Luther King “Where Do We Go From Here?” Excerpt from his speech to the Southern Christian Leadership … Continue reading Sobering words from a great man about the road ahead

Question time on the FM website (plus The Week in Review)

Ask any question about geopolitics, broadly defined. We -- and others reading the FM website -- will attempt to answer it in the comments.   All answers welcomed! Contents Questions received so far Quote of the week To start the discussion: interesting sources of information Dumbest comment of the week Some useful insights about our political … Continue reading Question time on the FM website (plus The Week in Review)

Some words from a great man to give us a strong start for the New Year

Summary:  As we start the New Year, these words from the past can inspire us today as they inspired their audience 45 years ago.  Inspiration might be the most valuable support we need in 2012. Here are the concluding words of “Where Do We Go From Here?”, delivered by Martin Luther King at the 11th annual … Continue reading Some words from a great man to give us a strong start for the New Year

How to stage effective protests in the 21st century

Discussions how to reform America frequently end on one set of rocks:  the ineffectiveness of mass protests in 21st century America.  In this post Joshua Keating explains the problem ("Do protests ever work?", blog of Foreign Policy, 2 April 2009 ): Collins names Gandhi's march to the sea and Martin Luther King Jr.'s march on Washington … Continue reading How to stage effective protests in the 21st century