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On the Down Side of Institutionalized Religion

Institutionalized ReligionIdeologies are pre-set forms of thinking that shape people's worldviews and, supposedly, help to order and simplify reality. While this supposition is always flawed to one extent or another, ideologies can be very seductive. In part this is because they free their adherents from the hard work of critical thinking. Thus, they are often held onto tenaciously.

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Tossing the Democratic Coin: Hillary’s Evolution or Bernie’s Revolution

trumpWe cannot help but smile at the shrill and jingoish display of fervid patriotism that the lady from the heartland of the north, Sarah Palin, brings to American politics. A faux conservatism which is made up mostly of geriatric memories celebrating America’s past glories as center of power and influence in a unipolar world.

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Should Politics, or Religion, Provide Lifework Occupations?

Hillary Clinton, and Bernie SandersIt’s only fitting that on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016 I’d be writing this column; or that the night before, I would have watched a Democratic debate on television originating in Charleston, South Carolina. For it was in this city’s railway station, eons ago – just before the Civil Rights Act was enacted, that I was boarding a train to return home to the West Coast after being discharged from military active duty at Charleston Air Force Base.

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BDS in the Crosshairs

BDSMost readers will know that the United States has served as the patron of Israel for decades. Why has it done so? The commonly given reasons are suspect. It is not because the two countries have overlapping interests. The U.S. seeks stability in the Middle East (mostly by supporting dictators) and Israel is constantly making things unstable (mostly by practicing ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, illegally colonizing conquered lands and launching massive assaults against its neighbors).

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Presidentialism Not Serving American Politics Well

gopHere we are heralding the entrance of a new year with myriad problems confronting us; some problems appearing as daily spoken realities – those principally dealing with the economy, war and terrorism; others, subliminally present, silenced by national choice – such as bigotry, an ever-expanding income-wealth inequality and the prospect of a world without US economic and military hegemony.

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