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Political Heroics

There are cultural norms. Muhammad Ali upended those by calling himself The Greatest – over and over – with a smile. No one knew what to make of that. The greatest don’t say that. They don’t have to say that, but … Continue reading

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That Conspiracy to Destroy Our Freedom

What’s going on in America right now isn’t just a culture war. It’s a war on the very concept of community, of a society that uses the institution we call government to offer certain basic protections to all its members. … Continue reading

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No Symbolic Victories Now

Some protests don’t work. On October 21, 1967, the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam announced that antiwar protesters would march past the Lincoln Memorial, across the Memorial Bridge all the way to the front steps of … Continue reading

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A Duty-Dance with Death

In 1945, the Allies’ Valentine’s Day gift to the German people was the firebombing of Dresden – four massive bombing raids between 13 and 15 February that destroyed that lovely old city. Dresden had no military value. Dresden had no strategic … Continue reading

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Staying In Your Lane

Everyone has a story. Everyone changes lanes. By 1981 it was time for a change – the first marriage had ended and teaching English at the prep school in Rochester, in the quiet upper left hand corner of New York, … Continue reading

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The Usual Interruption

Valentine’s Day this year wasn’t all that sweet at the White House. Donald and Melania Trump weren’t holding hands and smiling. Donald Trump didn’t send her roses, as far as anyone could tell. Melania Trump had refused to go the … Continue reading

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