Dred Scott was born into slavery in Southampton, Virginia, about 1795. He unsuccessfully sued for his freedom and that of his wife and their two daughters, in the Dred Scott v. Sandford [Scott’s owner] case of 1857. It is widely viewed… Read More ›

Individual Rights, Freedom, and Society

One of the most difficult paths to navigate in governing is that of balancing individual rights and freedom with that of societal requirements. Last month [November4; Fear Rules, Health Suffers], VoxFairfax offered comment on the issue of mandatory vaccination. Recently, an… Read More ›


Child Becomes Alt-Right Icon Born in 1587 in the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina, Virginia Dare was the first English child born in a New World English overseas possession; she was named after the territory of Virginia. What became of Virginia and the other colonists remains… Read More ›

To Be or Not To Be—Political

SCOTUS employs the dodge of “political question” when it decides not to decide an issue presented to it. Of late, the murky mask has been called into play on several occasions involving voting rights. But SCOTUS will decide on voting… Read More ›

Labor’s Love Lost in Last Place in Virginia

New data have emerged demonstrating what most observers of the Virginia economic and political scene have always known: the Commonwealth is unfriendly to organized labor in particular and to working families more generally. According to the Census Bureau, Virginia’s population… Read More ›

Morality as Voting Qualification

It must be admitted that the right wing often crafts arguments that are persuasive, however contrary to common sense or democratic values. In the quiet of Falls Church, an organization called the Center for Equal Opportunity [CEO] generates propaganda for… Read More ›