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Moby-Dick and American democracy

Way back in high school, I had English teachers who were as obsessed with Moby-Dick as was Captain Ahab with the great white whale. Rereading it now, I see a lot of things I missed before, like Herman Melville’s rhetorical … Continue reading

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Representative government and revolution

Through history, governments mainly promoted the power of a ruling family and aristocracy. The theory on which our country was founded, that government should represent the people and their interests, really was pretty radical, although derived from prior English thinking. … Continue reading

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Richard Wright and democracy at home

I recently read Richard Wright’s Black Boy, an autobiography of the novelist and poet born in 1908, depicting his early life in the South and his years in Chicago, from 1927 to 1937, until he moved on to New York … Continue reading

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Which is more important, issues or elections?

You might say: aren’t issues and elections equally important, since elections are about issues?… If only we could count on it! Lately, many national and state elections have been largely about who has more money and who runs the nastier … Continue reading

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