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Educated in the classics, philosophy, literature, theology, and sociology, I am a former professor of sociology. My writing on varied topics has appeared widely over many years. I write as a public intellectual for the general public, not as a specialist for a narrow readership. I believe a non-committal sociology is an impossibility and therefore see all my work as an effort to enhance human freedom through understanding.
SHARE Monday, May 18, 2020 The Online Double-bind
The creation of the Internet and its near monopolization of news and information has created an addictive double-bind that has resulted in social schizophrenia. It is a magic show where words and images appear and disappear in an instant. Has it made life better or worse? Who runs the show?
(18 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2020 Death: A Simple Idea with A Powerful Punch
The fear of death is the fundamental human fear that lies at the center of all societies and cultures. It has long been used by ruling elites to keep populations in their place. The fear of freedom is its twin. It is essential in understanding the reaction to the new coronavirus.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Neglected Medical Swine Studies That We Need Today
It is laughable that the mainstream media ignore some of the most important medical studies that can shed light on our current social problems. This article reports on one of the most important of such scientific studies.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Bob Dylan's Midnight Message to JFK's Ghost
Bob Dylan has gifted us with an extraordinary song/poem that tells the truth about the government's assassination of President Kennedy. Most mainstream media have done a hatchet job on his message and have maligned Dylan himself. Attention must be paid to this piercing work of art and truth.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 24, 2020 The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US
While the coronavirus rivets people's attention, causing panic,news of the plague that the U.S. inflicts upon the world disappears. Albert Camus warned us long ago in his novel, The Plague, that unless people resist the occupying forces that wish to cower us into acquiescence, our liberties will vanish and we will be plagued by our own hands.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Toilet Paper Is the People's Vaccine
Why are people panicking about toilet paper? The answer takes us deep into the human condition and far back in history. It's an old story hidden in a new phenomenon.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Keep It Simple and Question: Propaganda, Technology, and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Fear and confusion are the most effective methods of social control. Throw in the electronic media with its ever-changing information flow, and you have the perfect recipe for creating regular social panics. A very close analysis of media and CDC "news" about the so-called regular flu should make one pause and ask what is going on with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) media coverage, and why.
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 25, 2020 David Ray Griffin's The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology
Known for his brilliant and fundamental series of books exposing the government lies about September 11,2001, David Ray Griffin is also an important theologian. This is a review of his latest book that challenges Americans of all faiths to be true to the radical Jesus and confront and resist the demonic American Empire.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Painting A True Christ: A review of Terrence Malick's film "A Hidden Life"
Terrence Malik's new film, while overtly about the life of the Austrian conscientious objector, Franz Jagerstatter, who refused to take an oath to Hitler and fight in the German army, is, by analogy, about the viewer, asking us to come out of hiding and declare ourselves either for or against the endless immoral wars waged by the United States.
(17 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 6, 2020 The United States of America's Doll House: A Vast Tapestry of Lies and Illusions
There are many reasons why the essential reality of the U.S. national-security warfare state doesn't change. Long ago, Jim Garrison, the only person to bring a court case in the assassination of JFK, said that most Americans live in a doll's house of illusions and lies. This article explores that "reality."
SHARE Saturday, February 1, 2020 Scholarly Pursuits
A scholar encounters a woman in the library stacks and fails to heed William Butler Yeats' warning.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Hovering in Cyberspace
In the name of speed and convenience, we have embraced at our peril the religion of electronic technology without limits. It is very hard to admit, and even harder to change, but it has opened up a Pandora's box whose final evil has not yet emerged. Such hubris has an incalculable price.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2020 The Musical Matilda Inspires Joyous Rebellion
Inspiration to rebel against injustice and cruelty can come from many sources, including a play with a child star. Musical theater, when done well, has a particularly engaging way of drawing us into serious matters while entertaining us. Matilda is such a play, especially this amazing production.
SHARE Saturday, January 4, 2020 The Searching Life and Enigmatic Death of Albert Camus
Today, January 4, 2020, marks the sixtieth anniversary of the death of Albert Camus, the great French writer. In the United States today, where illiteracy has become the norm, he is barely known. But his life and work need to be remembered, for he embodied and expressed so many of the conflicts we suffer today. He foresaw the plague that would become us and the madness of the future that is now. The enigma of his death haunts.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 12, 2019 The Art of Doublespeak: Bellingcat and Mind Control
The U.S./U.K/NATO propaganda outfit Bellingcat, the recent winner of an Emmy for International documentary,has received support from left-wing writers and websites in a twisted propaganda exercise that is tied in to a denial that the CIA has succeeded in developing a successful program for mind control. Here's the story.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, December 6, 2019 Terra Incognita
What do we mean by home and why does it hold such a grip on our mobile minds? This one word contains within it a host of associations like no other, and so...
SHARE Thursday, November 28, 2019 No Service
A poem about the technology that will save us from ourselves by killing us all.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, November 22, 2019 Unspeakable Memories: The Day John Kennedy Died
President John K. Kennedy was assassinated on a November 22nd Friday like this in 1963. The author, a young college student, was traumatized by his killing, and wished, as they say, to "move on", but although he wished it were so more traumatic events kept piling up and it became impossible. Here he remembers how it affected him and why remembering is so important.