Tag Archives: Freedom of the Press

Waving That Freak Flag

“White collar conservative flashin’ down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I’m gonna wave my freak flag high.” That’s defiance. That’s Jimi Hendrix. The song was If 6 … Continue reading

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Slip-Sliding Away Again

There was something about 1977 – in January, Jimmy Carter was sworn in as America’s most unlikely president. In June, the Supremes performed their final concert together at Drury Lane in London and Elvis Presley held his last concert at … Continue reading

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A Well-Informed Public

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government… whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” ~ Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, … Continue reading

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Somehow Expecting Pragmatism

President Obama did what presidents are supposed to do. He reassured the nation. Donald Trump will be the next president, in January, and he did lose the popular vote by a few million, so more than half the country is … Continue reading

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Trumping the Press

Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg – everyone shortens his name – caused no end of trouble. Before the fifteenth century was even halfway over he invented movable type and the printing press – and a way to mass-produce moveable … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Three

Three is a nice number. It provides a sense of completion – whatever bold thing you do is done on the count of three after all, and all writers know to group things in threes. Martin Luther King would speak … Continue reading

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Trustworthy Voices

The eighteenth century gave us lots of things – like Mozart and the steam engine and the guillotine – but it also gave us modern democracies. Monarchies would no longer do. Thanks to Rousseau and others, there was new talk of … Continue reading

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