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Catalonia and Spain Prepare for the #IndyRef Endgame

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Summers in Spain have always been hot, but the past few years have been unusually so. This is partially due to climate change, which has been turning July and August in Iberia from merely “hot” to “torrid”. But mostly it is because of the constitutional and national crisis that has simmered between Catalonia and the […]

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Number 45: Irreparable Damage?

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We’ve just passed the 180 day mark[1] of Donald Trump as President of the United States, though it may seem hard to believe that we’ve already suffered through 6 months of madness, Mooch and mayhem. Looked at another way, Mr. Trump is one-eighth through his mandate and almost a third of the way to the […]

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right I just bought my son his first air rifle. It is a Gamo G-Force breech break rifle in .177 caliber (4.5 mm) shooting a 12 gram steel ball or pellet at 360 feet per second: painful, but not dangerous unless you hit someone in the […]

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Resistance is NOT Futile: The Story of Thrasybulus

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Many of my friends remain despondent over the election of Donald Trump and the ugly transformation of our country that he is leading. Some are becoming resigned – some have always been resigned – and unwilling to resist. “What’s the point” they argue, “protests accomplish nothing.” Resistance is futile: every autocracy throughout history has wanted […]

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Why I Hate Freedom

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Conservatives love freedom; liberals and progressives hate it. My entire adult life has been filled with this refrain, a secular litany as unquestionable for true believers as the religious one. It is repeated 100 times per day on the organs of conservative propaganda, like Fox News and Breitbart. It is immune to all evidence to […]

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Five Dangerous Indicators to Look for in the Trump Administration

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The whirlwind of events preceding and subsequent to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has left the political establishment and most of the public agape in disbelief. During the past 10 days it seemed impossible to go to sleep without missing a new critical event that broke with […]

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Comrades in the Kremlin

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Everyone breathed a sigh of relief on November 9th whether their candidate had won or lost: at least the long, bitter, divisive electoral campaign was over. How wrong we were. Rather than settling down into the usual lame duck Presidency and transition, we have had the most tumultuous month in American politics since the 2000 […]

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A Veteran’s Day Reflection: Bring Back National Service

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This has been the most depressing election ever: not because of the outcome, though I believe it will be very bad for the majority of Americans. It was bad for what it revealed about our country and our political institutions. It has shown us how savage we have become, how deeply we hate. It proves, […]

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Reflecting on the Second Amendment on November 9th

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Disclaimer: I have never in my life denied the outcome of a legitimate democratic election and will never do so. The Republic and our Constitution transcends any party or candidate; I would not violate that document or the laws of the country in favor of my own opinion – I am not so conceited as to […]

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The Road to Revolution

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Disclaimer: This article is an attempt to explain the circumstances driving the current political crisis in the West. It is not an endorsement of any of the radical politicians mentioned herein. A recent Foreign Policy article calls for “elites to rise up against the ignorant masses”. The author, James Traub, calls it the new political […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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