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by Ed Knudson

1) Church Leaders in Charlottesville Prepared for White Supremacists
2) White House Staffer Fired Over Memo on Cultural Marxism (or, Critical Social Theory)
3) Trump is a Drama Queen: Weak and Sniveling; Whiny, Weepy, Self-Pitying. But Fox News Loves Him
4) Southern Baptist Pastor Calls for Holy War against North Korea
5) There Will Be No Wall, Says John Kelly
6) The Misuse of Martin Luther on Predestination
7) John McCain Gives Heroic Speech Denouncing Terrible Thing That He Just Voted For
8) Disgusting: Trump Attacks American Institutions in Speech to Boy Scouts
9) Philosopher Richard Rorty Predicted Election of a Racist Strongman for President
10) Washington Post Publishes Lots of Libertarian Nonsense
11) The Spontaneous Order of James Buchanan; No Government Necessary for This Libertarian
12) Republicans Fail Entirely on Health Care; Trump Turns Against His Voters
13) Trump Had Morality Hammered Out of Him by His Family History
14) Trump, Like Others Who Follow the Russian Atheist, Ayn Rand, is in Serious Trouble
15) Trump and the Russian Mafia
16) Ted Cruz's Free Choice Means Death to Thousands; the Myth of Personal Responsibility
17) Trump Didn’t Win the Working Class. The Democrats Lost It
18) NRA Thinks White Alienated Males are Feeling Sorry for Themselves
19) Widespread Rebukes of Trump's Blood Tweets; Calls for Retraction
20) Peter Berger Dies. Our Knowledge is Not Our Own
21) Not All Lutherans are the Same. Supreme Court Favors One Type Only
22) Obamacare is a Conservative Model of Healthcare and is Failing; Now It's Time for Single Payer
23) It's Clear Now: Putin Wanted Trump, Not Clinton
24) Politics is a Knife Fight with No Rules, Says Grover Norquist
25) This Should Happen All Over:  Union Ironworker Has a Plan to Beat Paul Ryan
26) Triangulation Has Been Terribly Hurtful to Democrats
27) Kitzhaber Exonerated; Oregonian Debases Itself Again
28) Trump is Too Ignorant to be President; Doesn't Even Know What Christians Believe
29) Dissent: Organizing in Red America
30) It's the Racists Who Want Guns
31) It Can Happen Here
32) Surprise Victory for Social Democracy in England
33) Before and After the Pill
34) Dear Trump Appointees: Quit Your Jobs or Lose Your Souls
35) Americans, Hang Your Heads in Shame
36) Montana Republican So Afraid of the Press that He Attacks Reporter

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Join the resistance movement against Trump. Help create the conditions for his removal from office. Find others with whom you can act to make a difference.  8/17/2017

Article  by Genevieve Valentine:  Libertarian legal theorists and others are going nuts over this new book by Nancy Maclean. She exposes how the Koch brothers have taken over the Republican Party. It's not conservative anymore.  8/16/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  The more Trump is isolated and attacked the more he is supported by the so-called religious right. Read this for the truth about current religion in politics today and its dangers.  8/16/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Donald Trump is himself a racist despite anything he says later after he avoided the truth about what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Daily Stormer celebrates the death of Heather Heyer.  8/13/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  James Comey investigates Trump's relation to Russian interference in the election. So Trump fires him. Mike Flynn may be a Russian stooge. Trump may owe Putin millions. Impeachment is probably coming  8/11/2017

Article  by Jessica Corbett:  Trump and congressional Republicans' recent actions on healthcare legislation will likely cause double-digit insurance premium hikes for millions of Americans in 2018, Kaiser reports.  8/10/2017

Article  by Ronald S. Bonner Sr.:  Christian ethics must resist the collaboration with evil and indifference and seek to eliminate and not exacerbate injustice, poverty and apathy in the 21st century.  7/31/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Mitch McConnell learned last night that winning isn't everything. Once in a while someone comes along and does what is right. It might be John McCain's last big public act.  7/28/2017

Article  by Thomas Graham:  Trump is desperate to stop the current investigation so he can help Putin do what Putin needs. Here is good background for understanding the Russia investigation.  7/27/2017

Article  by Stuart Jeffries:  The German people are hearing from philosophers in the pupular media. Wow. Some history of social critical theory, Adorno, and current thought leaders. In U.S.A. politicians want to keep people stupid  7/24/2017

Article  by Jeremy Scahill:  History professor Alfred McCoy talks about the sins of American history, heroin in Vietnam, the CIA use of drug money in Iran-Contra, the rise of China, Bush's disastrous war in Iraq, Trump weakness  7/23/2017

Article  by Charles Mathewes:  A biography of Jurgen Habermas is appreciated by this author, who also discusses Michel Foucault. Concepts for understanding politics in the public sphere, future direction.  7/21/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  'I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than' other people. Here is hope for real politics, not phony politicians, hope for regular folks rather than just the rich elite. Read this now!  7/18/2017

Article  by Peter E. Gordon:  Death is hard to contemplate. This article helps think about the death of a political movement, death of the Protestant church, and what may come after. Face facts of current history,  7/18/2017

Article  by McKenzie Wark:  A review and comments on books by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Déborah Danowski, whose writings jolt the mind and force new thinking. Learning from Amerindians.  7/12/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  In the case of Trinity Lutheran Church, a Missouri Synod congregation, the court reverses a state decision. It favors the false views of the religious right about religious freedom.  7/12/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Luther's understanding of the cross functions as a critique of all 'theologies of glory' and as such is widely being retrieved to inform Christian formation.  7/11/2017

Article  by Larry L. Rasmussen:  A great awakening is underway about climate matters, despite current politics and a clown president. The laws of nature do not allow unlimited economic growth. Think planetary commons, uncontained God  7/11/2017

Article  by Rivke Jaffe:  Right now the public consciousness is completely dominated by what a clown president is doing. It is compelling in its nihilism. But what we need now is political imagination.  7/10/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  The terms 'conservative', 'liberal', and 'libertarian' are so misunderstood today. The latter are the real utopians. Did the devil elect Donald Trump? Is government bad? Consider intersectionality.  7/10/2017

Article  by Katy Wright:  Oxfam leads in analyzing the global wealth divide. Just 8 men now own same wealth as half the world. How can we talk about this in a way that makes a difference?  7/10/2017

Article  by David Smith:  The Warsaw speech pits western world against barbarians at the gates. Is this a 'God of the West' or what? It is blasphemy to misuse the name of God for one's own selfish purposes. Trump should stop.  7/6/2017

Article  by Michelle Alexander and Naomi Klein:  New political platforms and organizing is necessary now, other than just Democrat and Republican. Stop telling lies. Build renewable energy projects to fund child care. New ideas, new alliances.  7/6/2017

Article  by Bill Moyers:  The gun lobby's new recruitment ad is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear. Alienated white males should not fall for this.  6/30/2017

Article  by Julian Agyeman:  The author speaks of 'Interculturally Inclusive Spaces as Just Environments'. Designing for people not economics. Read about Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa doing urban transformation in Colombia.  6/29/2017

Article  by Gregor Thuswaldner:  On hearing of the death of Peter Berger today I found this helpful article on how his thinking has changed.  6/28/2017

Article  by David Sessions:  The super-rich are funding thought leaders to justify their wealth. Pastors who preach from the bible have a different function. A review of Daniel W. Drezner's book.  6/28/2017

Article  by Stephane J Baele:  Philosophy provides concepts for understanding what is happening in history. Here is a brief introduction to the idea of biopolitics and its relation to racism. How can a society just let people die?  6/22/2017

Article  by Brett Murphy:  Trucking companies in California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could not afford. Companies then used that debt as leverage over them.  6/21/2017

Article  by Kamau Franklin:  Kamau Franklin, political editor for Atlanta Black Star, is interviewed about the Jon Ossoff loss for Congress there yesterday.  6/21/2017

Article  by Dana Frank:  Dana Frank, history professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is interviewed about 'Buy America' campaigns and 'America First'. Not so good for workers.  6/16/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  James Thomas Hodgkinson, an ordinary person from Illinois, tried to kill a bunch of Republicans as they were playing baseball. The chickens are coming home to roost.  6/14/2017

Article  by Jake Johnson:  'Congratulations to Kansas for voting to roll back outrageous tax cuts for the wealthy that devastated the state.' Sam Brownback's veto is overidden. Now, reject Trump's similar proposals.  6/7/2017

Article  by Nicholas D. Kristof:  White supremacist Jeremy Christian slashes the throats of three decent men trying to protect two young women, one black, one Muslim. Rick Best and Taisen Namkai-Meche died. A poem by Micah Fletcher.  5/31/2017

Article  by Astrid Prange:  Former US President Barack Obama addressed a church congress saying 'we can not hide behind a wall'. Angela Merkel invited him for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  5/30/2017

Article  by Mitch Landrieu:  Here is 'one of the most honest speeches given by a Southern politician.'Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains why these statues must come down, here and across the South.  5/23/2017

Article  by Bo Rothstein:  There is a particular combination of market and political regulation that delivers the highest degree of human well-being, the Nordic model. New French president Macron is for it. Also, Amartya Sen  5/22/2017

Article  Trump is proposing to take $800 billion out of Medicaid, think of the people who will lose benefits, the people who will lose jobs. Big cuts proposed to programs for the poor. The rich get tax cuts.  5/22/2017

Article  by Josh Hoxie:  In a new book Gar Alperovitz challenges us to think past today’s daily scandals to consider exactly what kind of society we want to live in.  5/22/2017

Article  by Slavoj Zizek:  ''God' means, we should always bear in mind, that the outcome of our acts will never fit our expectations.' The theological dimension serves as a kind of safety valve, a mark of openness.  5/21/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Four exhibitions for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation are in Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Here is a review with comments on books by Andrew Pettegree & Lyndal Roper.  5/21/2017

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