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The Unraveling of Democracy

Alan Zendell, May 5, 2022 The heart of any democratic society is its judicial system and free elections. The extreme right wing of the Republican party has made it clear that it has no respect for either as democratic institutions. … Continue reading

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It’s Always Darkest Just Before Dawn

Alan Zendell, February 6, 2022 Apparently, people have been saying that for four hundred years. Whenever things look really bleak, when people are terrified or sad and feeling hopeless, that mantra helps them stay sane. The darker it gets the … Continue reading

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Sitting on the Sidelines

Alan Zendell, October 27, 2021 As a kid trying to absorb the sanitized fantasy that my public schools called American History, I wondered how the world continually got itself into situations in which there was suddenly no alternative to war … Continue reading

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Saving Our Democracy

Alan Zendell, May 9, 2021 Sometimes, it’s necessary to get out of the weeds and adjust our perspective. Context is everything. That’s truer for the current struggle for control of the Republican Party than anything else happening in America. Suppressing … Continue reading

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Irreconcilable Differences

Alan Zendell, May 5, 2021 Marriages break up for various reasons, the most common of which is “irreconcilable differences.” That’s another way of saying that in the absence of flagrant adultery or spousal abuse, couples drift apart, and rather than … Continue reading

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Culture War and Politics

Alan Zendell, April 3, 2021 Ever since Donald Trump hit the political scene in 2015 it’s been tempting to conclude that both our politics and our internal divisions over race and the distribution of wealth had hit a new low. … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy and the Filibuster

Alan Zendell, March 27, 2021 I’m not an expert in either government or politics, but if there’s anything in our history that has a worse record of hypocrisy than the Senate filibuster, I’m not aware of it. As we learned … Continue reading

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The Painful Demise of a Would-Be Autocrat

Alan Zendell, November 14, 2020 He began as merely an annoying gadfly. With an ego large enough to fill a stadium, he believed the world was hanging on his opinions. He flouted social norms, bragged about his alleged prowess with … Continue reading

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America’s Role in the World

Alan Zendell, November 3, 2020 I grew up in New York City in the years following World War 2. In many ways New York seemed to be the center of the universe back then, because it represented the financial and … Continue reading

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This Must End!

Alan Zendell, September 27, 2020 Imagine for a moment that you’re a Canadian. Most Americans are vaguely aware of Canada as our neighbor to the north. Some can name most of the Canadian provinces, and some fraction of those can … Continue reading

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