Category Archives: Contemporary culture

Bru Ha Ha: Cornel West, Obama, feminism, Wall Street, etc.

  As you may have noticed, African-American superstar academic Cornel West has been in some public hot water for a recent web interview in which he made some, well, not very nice comments about president Obama. West, who writes on … Continue reading

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Is it me…or is the world a little nuts?

Is it me—or is there a kind of madness sweeping over the world? Certainly for a very long time people have been (among other things) violent, selfish, and engaged in social policies that are, to say the least, not particularly … Continue reading

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What is worth Saving?

What is As we cut the budgets and let the social programs wither, as global warming and invasive species threaten the integrity of ecosystems and human health, as endless and endlessly faster technological change leads everything that is solid to … Continue reading

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There’s nothing like a little moral superiority to start your day

Forget Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or Godiva chocolate, there’s no sinful pleasure like that delightful sense that “we” are so much “better” (more developed, more moral, more spiritually advanced) than “them.” At least two recent items in the news … Continue reading

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On Japan’s nuclear troubles: Nuclear Power and Methadone

On Japan’s nuclear troubles: Nuclear Power and methadone  There is no doubt that nuclear power has some real advantages over coal and oil. In the short run it probably has fewer toxic emissions (mercury from coal fired plants is a … Continue reading

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NPR, Tea parties, and getting real: Appreciating the Good and Finding the Truth

NPR, Tea parties, and getting real: Appreciating the Good and Finding the Truth   Dear reader—as you look this over keep in mind that politically I’m so far to the left I fall off the planet every once in a while. … Continue reading

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Guess what? Democracy is a spiritual practice….

Guess what? Democracy is a spiritual practice…. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t democracy about voting, political parties, equal rights, and the Supreme Court? Isn’t modern democracy a purely secular thing, from which religion has been (properly) banished? And … Continue reading

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