Category Archives: history

the hope of an pessimistic optimist

All successful civilizations follow a pattern of behavior that leads to collapse… …according to William Ophuls, author of Immoderate Greatness. Here’s the gist of Ophuls’ argument: As a civilization grows and prospers, it naturally becomes more and more complex.  This … Continue reading

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grieve for the horse, grieve for ourselves

I say: take the general, but leave the horse. I’m referring to the horse beneath Robert E. Lee on the controversial statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. I believe Lee himself would agree to having his likeness removed.  In the years following … Continue reading

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extraordinary ordinary people

I say Martin Luther King, Jr. blessed all us ordinary folk… …when he chose not to join the Freedom Riders on their trip. In 1961, that multi-racial, multi-generational group boarded buses and traveled throughout the South to protest segregation. Leaving … Continue reading

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we’ll throw him off our backs

Disgust… disillusion… a desire for national stability. According to historian Paul Johnson in Napoleon: A Life, a populace sinks down into such feelings after a time of revolutionary upheaval. From the people there then arises “an overwhelming demand for a … Continue reading

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the doubting believer

“The world is in chaos.”          — Henry Kissinger* That quote caught my eye because it spoke to a goal of mine.  A deep ambition.  Perhaps an impossible dream… That dream is to someday suddenly see some type of grand design … Continue reading

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the past is present

When Barack Obama arrives in Laos on September 6, he’ll be the first sitting U.S. president to visit that country… I hope the trip brings light to another dark corner of our history—the bombing of Laos by the U.S. during … Continue reading

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note from a nabob living in interesting times

“In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.”                    — Spiro Agnew, 1972 I recalled that infamous quote recently, while watching a focus group being interviewed on a morning news show.* The … Continue reading

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