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White, Christian Extremism

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2021. Often overlooked is the relationship between religion and racial animus, particularly the reliance upon religious symbolism as justification for discrimination. This interview with a historian on the subject traces… Read More ›

Colloquy: Promote the General Welfare

Editors’ Note: This is the third in a series feature in which VF editors may join along with volunteer contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Jim McCarthy, Frank Blechman, Barbara Levine, and Andrew Scalise. Our… Read More ›

Not Over Till It’s Over

A visual data table published by the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) on February 17, 2021, offered some interesting information concerning the fundraising campaign of the former president in the post-election period. According to VPAP, “In the eight weeks ending… Read More ›

Diversity Teaches

By Frank Blechman Living in the middle of ethnically and socially diverse Northern Virginia has some advantages. We have a lot of choices of cuisines, both in restaurants and in our grocery stores. We don’t have to go very far… Read More ›

The Independent Sheriffs

Robin Hood, from the depths of Sherwood Forest and by legend, stole from the rich to give to the poor and, according to Hollywood versions, was pursued by the Sheriff of Nottingham. The sheriff (shire reeve in merry old England)… Read More ›

Cancel the Culture of Democracy

At times, we are moved to shake our heads in wonder at the adaptability of politicians, especially right wingers, and more especially Republican conservatives (if, in fact, there is a difference in those terms), to coopt a concept for their… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

ORGANIC FOOD FUELS CAPITOL ASSAULT The “QAnon shaman” (a/k/a Jake Chansley) has personal needs that must be accommodated. Chansley—easily recognized for his massive horns, painted face, and fur pelts—was among those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. According to… Read More ›

Briefly Noted

JEEPERS, CREEPERS TV addicts may recall the hapless Robinson Peepers (Wally Cox), a junior high school science teacher from the series Mr. Peepers in the early to mid-1950s. Others with longer recall will remember the song Jeepers, Creepers, a duet… Read More ›

American Pie

By Frank Blechman “Long, long time ago, I can still remember how the music used to make me smile, And, I knew that if I had my chance, I could make those people dance, And maybe, they’d be happy for… Read More ›

Lost and Blind: Beyond Redemption?

On March 21, 2017, P45 announced by tweet that, “Most people don’t even know he was a Republican,” referring to Abraham Lincoln. The suspicion remains that the startling fact was news only to the Twitterer-in-Chief himself. Presidents are not required… Read More ›