Category Archives: politics

I vs. We

Classical liberalism is the belief that the individual is, or ought to be, autonomous. “Liberal” means “free.” Liberals believe that, wherever possible, the individual ought to be free to make [his/her/their] own decisions and choose [his/her/their] own actions. As an … Continue reading

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Micro What?

As I read The Rise of Victimhood Culture (good book, I recommend it), I’m thinking again about the concept of microaggressions. Is there such a thing? If so, how would we distinguish microaggressions from simple bad manners? One point that’s … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Just Another Word…

I have no idea who Dave Chappelle is. He could be a Marxist or a member of the KKK. And I don’t think it matters. A friend posted a statement on Facebook today that he copied from something called First … Continue reading

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Woke Joke

I’ve struggled to understand how the nice, well-meaning people in the Unitarian-Universalist Association could be so dangerously misguided. John McWhorter’s new book, Woke Racism, explains it. McWhorter’s thesis is that the adherents of “woke” anti-racism are practicing a new religion. … Continue reading

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Freedom vs. the Common Good

There is always, inevitably, a tension between individual freedom and the need to work together for the common good. Neither idea can ever vanquish the other, and in extreme forms both are evil. When individual freedom is elevated as the … Continue reading

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Standing Up

In the spirit of standing up for what’s good and right, naturally I applaud Twitter, Facebook, and other online service providers for shutting down some of the insane yammering that emanates these days from the wacko fringe of the Republican … Continue reading

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News Flash

I’m an old white guy. As such, I’m a lifelong beneficiary of white privilege. This fact plays out in many ways. I don’t have to worry that I’ll be shot and killed during a routine traffic stop. My parents were … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequences

The shenanigans in the Senate over the past couple of weeks illustrate starkly one uncomfortable fact: We live in a post-truth world. The truth does not matter anymore. All that matters are money and power. If you have money and/or … Continue reading

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Who Are You, Really?

I’m still trying to grapple with the attacks on Reverend Todd Eklof and his book The Gadfly Papers. In late June an Open Letter was released deploring the book. The Open Letter has now been signed by more than 400 … Continue reading

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You’re Welcome

I’m a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. It’s just about the only church I could belong to, as I’m an atheist. The core principles of Unitarian Universalism are progressive, and in general I’m in agreement with them. But I’m … Continue reading

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