The Lost Cause Redux

The so-called “lost cause”–a long- debunked effort by supporters of the Confederacy–remains a vibrant underpinning among those opposed to the removal of Confederate war memorials, which is likened to “erasing history” or, in the words of some, “erasing white history.”… Read More ›

In Contemplation of Action

By Frank Blechman Like most folks, I value order more than I value freedom, at least in the abstract. Maybe Kris Kristofferson was right when he wrote, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” Maybe I am too… Read More ›

Baseball Benches Virginia Nut

Editors’ Note: Inspired by The New York Times, June 23, 2020. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks . . . well, it won’t be possible to buy peanuts this year or Crackerjacks, or hot dogs at the ball park. And… Read More ›

Upon Being a Ass, a Idiot

Published in 1838 by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist features Mr. Bumble, who is told by a court that it is presumed that his wife acted under his direction. Bumble replies “if the law supposes that, the law is a ass,… Read More ›

Tulsa: P45’s Pivot on Date Flunks

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, June 18, 2020. By Paul Krugman When Trump campaign officials scheduled a rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, they sent what looked like a signal of approval to white supremacists. For… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

“WONDERING IF AUNT JEMIMA WILL CHANGE TO UNCLE TOM’S?” Loudoun County Treasurer Roger Zurn last Wednesday quickly posted then deleted the social media post quoted above, responding to the news that the Quaker Oats Company will revamp its image on… Read More ›

The Art of the Deal to Freedom

By Frank Blechman When I was a community organizer, I hung out with people who thought they could tackle any injustice, challenge any entrenched power, change any bad law or policy. Even in my most idealistic moments, I wasn’t that… Read More ›