by | Jan 4, 2020

Politics is often said to be a sport — indeed, a bloodsport. But what if it were an actual sport, you know, with teams and coaches and players? Or, more specifically, what if it were football? In such a world…

by | Sep 20, 2019

On a hot and humid July 1964 night in Jonesboro, Louisiana, there occurred a series of unheralded but nevertheless pivotal events in the parallel histories of the civil rights movement and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These events…

by | May 3, 2018

A few days ago, I spoke at B’nai Israel, a synagogue in Rockville, Maryland. “B’nai” means “brotherhood” and I am sure that today that’s understood to mean sisterhood, too. This is most of the speech I gave. It’s long but…

by | Jan 15, 2017

For Georgia Congressman John Lewis it is, and always will be, 1965. He’s too emotionally invested in it to let it go. He’s Horatio at the Selma Bridge. Jim Crow stalks the South. Bull Connor is still police chief in…

by | Jul 15, 2016

This won’t be the first time this space has reminded our readers of the sage observation by Eric Hoffer that “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Hoffer’s observation is, of…

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