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Liberty Is the Politics of Love

You know you love someone when you want for them what they want for themselves. The three little words that really convey this sentiment are not, "I love you," which can mean all kinds of things to all kinds of people; rather they are, "As you wish." Love is kind, expansive, proactive, and fundamentally non-constraining. Show More Summary

A Call to Arms

In 1789, the Founding Fathers created a constitutional system of government by the people. In 2010, five Supreme Court Justices -- Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas and Alito -- changed it to a constitutional system of government by millionaires,...Show More Summary

Tell Me How This Ends: The Flaw in Obama's Plan to Destroy the Islamic State

The media is awash with stories about the Obama administration's intention to revise its so-called Iraq-first strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State (IS). The impetus according to the press arose from the plea of...Show More Summary

For the Country

The country is wound tight. To calm down and think rationally, President Obama and Congress can help by: 1. Stop thinking and talking about the middle class. Think and talk about the country. 2. The President can only act as authorized by Congress. Show More Summary

Hilary's Biggest Challenge Isn't Just Bill's Outsourcing Record, It's Hers

Days after Republicans feasted on her claim that corporations don't create jobs, Hillary Clinton tried to "be absolutely clear about what I've been saying for a couple of decades. Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create...Show More Summary

When You See Something Say Something: Tomas Young, and the Rest of Us

Recently I gave a talk on a concept I have that I refer to as "the bully and the brain freeze." Some people who are very smart otherwise, can, when traumatized or vulnerable in particular areas, sort of freeze if someone accentuates the wounds, and provokes doubt as well. Show More Summary

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

I first went to prison a year ago. I left the city I was familiar with, took a winding drive through faded towns, passed diners I imagined once saw better days, passed the final gas station. I arrived at a maximum-security prison in a corner of New York state. Show More Summary

On the Day America Gives Thanks, Isn't It Time We Gave Thanks to Our Thanksgiving Workers?

Immigrant farm, food and commercial workers gathered in Lafayette Square across from the White House the week before Thanksgiving Day to remind their fellow Americans of the flesh-and-blood human beings who are behind the great bounty of food all of us share on this celebrated holiday. Show More Summary

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Spell End of The War That Never Was

In less than a week, the outcome of the nuclear talks with Iran will be clear. According to one P5+1 diplomat, the possibilities - ranging from most to least likely - are an extension of the talks, a comprehensive agreement, or an agreement...Show More Summary

Obama's Regime Change Strategy in Syria Will Only Strengthen ISIL

Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Barack Obama is looking to one-up George W. Bush in the toppling of dictators' category as he redoubles efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Unfortunately, Obama's obsession to effect regime...Show More Summary

Kill Net Neutrality, Because Obamacare

Earlier last week, President Obama publically threw his support behind Net Neutrality, which immediately launched conservative wingnuts into apoplectic tantrums. The Tea Party's lunatic-in-chief, Ted Cruz (R-TX), turned up his innerShow More Summary

The Mid-Term Elections: Taking the Longer View

In the wake of an electoral setback on the scale experienced by the Democrats two weeks ago, the temptation to immediately rush to judgment is enormous. So also, if my e-mails and robo-calls are any guide, is the temptation to engage in yet more fundraising, as though money was the big thing of which Democrats were short. Show More Summary

Reclaiming America (After the Right's Takeover of the Next Congress)

On Sunday afternoon, December 12, 2014, an important national gathering will convene at the University of San Francisco sponsored by the (interfaith and atheist; secular humanist &/or religious welcoming) Network of Spiritual Progressives to consider how to reclaim our country after the takeover by both houses of the U.S. Show More Summary

No Good War, No Bad Peace

A full century after World War I we still cannot understand how generals sent so many soldiers to be slaughtered. Ten million soldiers died on all sides; millions more were left maimed or shell shocked. Seven million civilians died.Show More Summary

The U.S. Doesn't Do Business with Bigots, Do We?

I"m worried about what the next Congress will do do further discriminate against women and limit their reproductive rights. We've already seen how religious conservatives will deny the facts and distort the law to advance their right-wing...Show More Summary

Public Health as Political Prisoner

If a foreign government took the United States Surgeon General hostage, I'm confident we'd be pretty upset. I think we would be working on reprisals, and maybe even prepping a SEAL team. I don't know if it's better or worse that we need no help from a foreign power to take our surgeon general hostage. Show More Summary

What Obama's Immigration Announcement Means to My Parents

"Juan, que sabes de lo de Obama? Que va a pasar con nuestros papeles?" It has been a little over two years since President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). I still remember getting my work permit...Show More Summary

The Emissions Gap Roadmap

Momentum on climate action is building: the major joint announcement from the United States and China last week, nearly $7.5 billion in pledges to the Green Climate Fund and commitments made at the UN Climate Summit in September in New...Show More Summary

The Story of Shama and Shahzad

Crouched inside the small, sparsely furnished, poorly lit room, voices could be heard from outside, voices that had distorted into a snarling, indecipherable noise that grew by the moment. Their fates were sealed, and no wall, leaveShow More Summary

Desperate Republicans Mired in Anti-Immigrant Attacks

Finally, President Obama is playing offense on immigration reform -- and it will pay dividends to both the country and his own political standing. Republicans who thought Obama would be a rug they could stomp on to 2016 are now on defense. In...Show More Summary

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