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General history and politics

My Weekend in Mississippi

Last weekend, I visited the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.  The two share a common space and opened on the same day, December […]

Thanksgiving Eve Thoughts

My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and […]

What Do the Democrats Stand For?

Sunday, Governor Kasich (R-OH) was interviewed on CNN.  I missed the interview, but read the highlights online.  The headline was, “If GOP can’t be ‘fixed,’ I can’t support it.”   […]

“On Tyranny” American Style

Last week, I posted a review of On Tyranny, a short book by Timothy Snyder published in February 2017.  Snyder offers twenty lessons from 20th-century history and politics, most stemming from the […]

Alien and Sedition Acts

  In 1798, President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts, a series of laws that allowed the executive branch (the president) to deport foreigners and made it more […]

The Great Recession

On September 15, 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy – the largest bankruptcy in history.  What followed was a predictable reaction in the financial markets and an even more intense […]

Historic Socialism Revisited

October 1917 saw the most significant event in the 20th century and perhaps all of world history (this, of course, is yet to be determined).  Prior to that critical month, […]

LA Riots – 92

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles police officers responded to a plea for assistance from fellow officers who needed help in apprehending a suspect who had thrown bottles at their […]

The Great Debate

*Note:  This was posted on Facebook right before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. So tomorrow is a big day. We should be celebrating the peaceful transition of power, regardless of […]