Reflections of a New Political Activist, by Pete Kalajian

Like so many of us on the left, on election night, I watched the results come in with growing unease, and with resignation in my heart went to bed at 11 pm. No need to prolong the agony, better to shut it all out with sleep. The reckoning could come in the morning. I awoke,… Continue reading Reflections of a New Political Activist, by Pete Kalajian

The Nuclear Crisis Next Time

Atomic bomb test. Public domain “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.” Matthew 24:6 “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?” Donald Trump, August 2016 On July 4th, 1961, the K-19, one of the new 658-class of Soviet nuclear submarine, suffered a catastrophic breakdown of its coolant system. Under captain’s orders, seven members of… Continue reading The Nuclear Crisis Next Time

Through the Looking Glass

  “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.” Lewis Carroll,… Continue reading Through the Looking Glass

No You Didn’t—An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Like many Americans, I felt sad at your departure from the White House. Your dignity, grace, wit, intelligence, honesty, compassion, innate goodness and sheer competence, shone with a light that burned brightly throughout your eight years in power. Nor was yours a presidency without signal accomplishments. You took over in the midst of the worst… Continue reading No You Didn’t—An Open Letter to Barack Obama

The Politics of Resentment

In the aftermath of Richard Nixon’s electoral victory in 1968, George McGovern, a Democratic senator from South Dakota, was appointed chair of a committee charged with rethinking the Democrats’ political strategy. Union members, the mainstay of the party since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, were already on a path that would convert many of them into Reagan… Continue reading The Politics of Resentment