Extremism

"But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love ... Was not Amos an extremist for justice: 'Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an…

We Are a Conquered People

United we stand. Divided we crumble. The states of America which became united in one federation still exist in name and with regional eccentricities that each takes pride in. People in every state still entertain the delusion that they are separately-governed entities, voluntarily united into one country. Most of us have accepted the reality that…

The Big Guy’s 1260 days

Respect for the individual person has reached its highest expression in the founding documents of the United States. Those founding documents created a republic, precisely to assure that the individual is sovereign, that the rights guaranteed in the Constitution apply to each person individually and that no group of people (a democracy) can assert group rights that strip one of individual rights...

Quality of Life

James Michener published a slim volume in 1970, The Quality of Life. He wrote, however, of matters that affected people in general, America specifically, and all of us according to groups or group identities, or as Eric Hoffer characterized us: the masses. Michener is a splendid novelist and one of my all-time favorites. In The…

What I Learned in Alaska

Reprint: what a gay, Muslim, Pakistani-American immigrant learned traveling to rural Alaska the week before the 2016 election.

Why Trump Won (2016)

Sorry, uncovering America’s racist underbelly wasn’t why Trump won Jake Novak | @jakejakeny  Published 1:38 PM ET Wed, 9 Nov 2016 Updated 8:00 AM ET Thu, 10 Nov 2016  Millions of Americans, especially those in the Washington establishment, woke up on Wednesday feeling shocked and hurt by the surprise election of Donald Trump to the…