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An Alabama After-Action Report

The military does after-action reports, a boring bureaucratic task after everything is all over – what went wrong, what went right, what were the lessons learned. Men of action find this tedious. Fight the next battle. All battles are different … Continue reading

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Stars Falling On Alabama Last Night

Breaking news shouldn’t break late in the evening. There will be more to say in the morning, but something was up. Some wag at the jazz station out of Long Beach was playing Stars Fell on Alabama – a sappy … Continue reading

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All the Dead Poets

No, it wasn’t like Dead Poets Society – that Robin Williams movie where Williams plays that eccentric and inspiring English teacher who frees young minds through famous poetry and classroom theatrics. It wasn’t like that. It was more of a … Continue reading

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Taking Things Too Far

The Enlightenment – the Age of Reason – was good thing. The world changed. Reason suddenly became the primary source of authority and legitimacy, not the church or any king. Thoughtful men (and a few women) could figure out what’s … Continue reading

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The Next Enlightenment

The modern world began in the eighteenth century with The Enlightenment – the Age of Reason – roughly between 1715, the year that Louis XIV died, and 1789, the beginning of the French Revolution. The idea was new. Reason was the primary … Continue reading

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Digressing Into Madness

Duke University – 1973 – the sticky sweet smell of magnolia in the thick and heavy air – graduate school – working on the PhD in Eighteenth Century British Literature – something to do with semiotic theory and the minor … Continue reading

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The Trump Transformation

Ronald Reagan was a transformational president. He made cutthroat conservatism sunny and acceptable. The government isn’t going to do a damned thing for you. No one is going to do a damned thing for you, and you don’t have to … Continue reading

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