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
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
“Give me your energized, your ambitious, your emigrants yearning to roam free, the best and brightest of your teeming shore. Send these, the hopeful, flying high, to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” O.K., O.K. Fake news! Emma Lazarus’s poem inscribed in bronze on the base of the Statue of Liberty hasn’t… Continue reading America First!
O, that way madness lies… No more of that. — King Lear There’s a scene in Catch 22, Joseph Heller’s classic 1961 anti-war novel, that sticks in the mind long after other details have faded. In the rear of the plane Bombardier Yossarian tends to the wounded tail-gunner. Having succeeded in staunching the flow of blood… Continue reading First Tremors of the American Spring?
“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
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
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