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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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Global Warming Redux: Another Ticking Bomb Out of Paris

Global WarmingParis was certainly 2015’s center for ticking bombs. The year was bracketed, first in January then again in November, by major terrorist attacks and ended with a December environmental conference which, given its non-binding results, opens the door to even more terror, albeit of a different kind, into the next century and beyond.

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Converging Fears

broken-americaConverging avenues of fear are eroding the political and social status quo in the democratic West. Healthy democracies strive to maintain an equatable balance of forces within their political, economic and social spheres. Balance is a salve that induces comfort and confidence. Fear and uncertainty, on the other hand, are irritants that can quickly throw things out of balance. It seems that, at present, fear has the upper hand.

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