CIVIL RIGHTS

Political Calculus and Secularism

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, August 29, 2021.  As the nation’s population dynamics continue to reorganize electoral maps, other social forces shift and shape to affect political outcomes. By Ryan Burge There’s no more politically unified religious… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

TEXAS The Lone Star State has been, over recent months, at the forefront of national news ignoring mask and vaccine warnings, banning abortion accessibility, and crimping voting rights. As voluminous as national attention has been on Texas, not every resident… Read More ›

Gerry’s Salamander

It’s been more than 200 years since the first sighting of the salamander in Massachusetts in 1812, foisted upon the public by Elbridge Gerry. Over those two centuries, the creature has consumed or created countless millions of useless votes by… Read More ›

The Plantation Myth

              One of the more pernicious memes propagated by apologists for slavery is that of the placid plantation populated by enslaved people enjoying their lives in an agrarian paradise. Amplified by countless historians and… Read More ›

Trouble in Richmond City

                    In The Music Man, Harold Hill, a consummate con artist, arrives in River City to dupe its residents with his moneymaking schemes. Despite a complete absence of musical ability, he… Read More ›

Throw Da Bums Out

Voters in Northern Virginia are having their choices for elective office challenged by several recall efforts involving school board and county attorney/prosecutor officials. Not surprisingly, the recalls have strong under- and overtones of politics, the type being nurtured as stalking… Read More ›

Voting: Right or Privilege?

This nation’s overloaded politisphere of dialogue is far too often populated with terms and phrases that are loosely employed or used interchangeably, sometimes hyperbolically. Rebellion and revolution are examples, sometimes accompanied by terrorist, insurrectionist, or tourist. Thus, while Nathaniel Bacon’s… Read More ›