As-salāmu ʿalaykum

March marks the fifteenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The human toll has been devastating to the country of Iraq. According to the Iraqi Body Count Project there have been upwards of 288,000 deaths as a result of the invasion. The political fallout in the U.S. has been severe. The Democratic Party has […]

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Janus Faced

Labor has been in decline in the United States for at least forty years. The Supreme Court case Janus vs. AFSCME, the outcome which will probably cripple public sector unions, is part of a long class warfare perpetrated by the right on the working class. The issue is an attempt to overturn an earlier case […]

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First Responders

America worships the idea of the ‘first responder’. This role, usually male and police officer or fire fighter is seen as a protector and valiant hero who can rescue us whenever we are in trouble. First responders come to a violent situation or run into a burning building without thinking about their own safety. Conversely, […]

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Billy Graham 1918-2018

Billy Graham, who died this week at the age of 99, was one of the last public pastors who attempted to remain politically neutral in our increasingly partisan age. Graham’s career embraced neither conservative nor progressive strains of post war Christianity, but attempted to reach as broad an audience as possible, preaching to an estimated […]

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A Kaddish

You see, I must repeat again, it is a peculiar characteristic of many people, this love of torturing children, and children only. Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov   Two events occurred this week that involved the death of children. The first was the murder of seventeen high school students in a school in Parkland, Florida, by a […]

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Alienation and disenchantment are the twin elixirs of our political life. The majority of people in a capitalist society are alienated from their work and participation in political life as well as disenchanted from the values that their society purports to hold. Donald Trump’s degenerate presidency is the product of a degenerate political class that […]

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

The entirety of Trump’s political life exists in a netherworld of unreality. His presence is a fever dream so fantastical and grotesque it renders it literally unbelievable. Trump can be understood as a morbid symptom of a deep-rooted pathology taken root in our collective polity. The carnival-circus element of this presidency is one current of […]

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A Democrat and Republican Problem

How should we understand our current moment regarding sexual harassment and violence? Who is at fault, where is the line and what are the consequences? Allegations against figures in the entertainment industry and ongoing allegations against current and past presidents and congressman have lead to a conversation about sexual harassment and abuse and larger discussions […]

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Access Hollywood Syndrome

As usual men are behaving badly. The latest celebrity to get into the news for sexual violence is the comedian Louis C.K., who has admitted to masturbating in front of women without their consent. C.K. admitted to these stories after five women were on record for the New York Times detailing their encounters with the […]

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Thoughts, Prayers and Condolences

On Sunday, November 5, a young man walked into a Texas church armed with an AR-15 and opened fire, killing 26 people and wounding another twenty.  The victims of Sutherland Springs include a five-year-old child and a pregnant woman. The pastor’s fourteen-year-old daughter was murdered while her parents were away on vacation. This was the […]

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