Category Archives: Politics

Ken Burns’s War Stories

[Original version at History News Network, 21 September 2017] I began my first book on Vietnam (Masters of War) with a poem, Adrian Mitchell’s “To Whom It May Concern”: You put your bombers in, you put your conscience out. You … Continue reading

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Does Russia Matter?

Memes aren’t great ways to learn a lot about history or politics, though they’re used that way a lot.  Still, some are funny and make a good point in a few lines in a way that might take paragraphs otherwise.  … Continue reading

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Huddled Masses–Keep Out!

Not since I had to remember and recite “The New Colossus” in elementary school have I seen so many references to Emma Lazarus’s poem on the Statue of Liberty as in the past week. “Give me your tired, your poor, … Continue reading

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Oligarchs Want Cruz Control

“Cruz gains steam with 2 wins on ‘Super Saturday’”  (Washington Post Headline, 6 March 2016) Donald Trump has really rattled the ruling class. Cruz won a few more delegates, but yesterday’s results were consistent with previous GOP primaries yet the … Continue reading

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Batshitville, A.K.A. Texas

I haven’t gotten apoplectic over Donald Trump, like so many of my associates on the Left.  It terrified me that he’s unleashed the Brown Shirts at his rallies, and I don’t know that they’ll be contained, but Trump himself is … Continue reading

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The Sit-Ins and Militant Non-Violence: Greensboro, 1960

“When I first heard about the Negroes sitting in at lunch counters down South, I thought they were just a bunch of publicity hounds. But one night when I saw those young kids on TV, getting back up on the … Continue reading

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From Tuskegee to Flint–Biological Warfare at Home

. “W” . . . as in Water; . . . as in “WMD”; . . . as in “WTF?” By now, most Americans should have heard about the lead in Flint, Michigan’s water. Lead—the stuff that was the subject … Continue reading

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