Monthly Archives: September 2014

America’s First Theocracy

America’s First Theocracy     The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630 or thereabouts, depending on your sources, in roughly the area between present day Boston and Salem. They were Puritans, who claimed they were persecuted and denied their “religious liberty,” … Continue reading

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News From the Future

News From the Future           Miley: “Hi, it’s September 22, 2084, I’m Miley Cypress, and this is the Nightly Report.”      Dirk: “And I’m Dirk Berkeley. Tonight’s lead story takes us to the canals of Manhattan. … Continue reading

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Two Americas

Two Americas     During the 2004 presidential election campaign, John Kerry’s running mate John Edwards made a memorable speech about “the two Americas,” one for the rich and privileged and the other for the rest of us. It would have started … Continue reading

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Thank You, Teachers!

Thank You, Teachers!     The kids are back in school now, and last fall was my 50th class reunion, so I’ve been thinking a lot about teachers. They seem to be getting a bad rap these days; they’re underpaid, and increasingly … Continue reading

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Who Was Mother Jones?

Who Was Mother Jones? (dedicated to the spirit of Tom Joad)     She was a zealous labor activist from whom a good magazine takes its name. On this Labor Day it’s fitting to celebrate the life of this remarkable woman. A … Continue reading

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