Critical Thinking…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights A statement by Michael Scriven & Richard Paul, presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform, Summer 1987. Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation,Continue reading “Critical Thinking…”

Reckoning, or Ragnarok…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights I read Mary Trump’s book “Too Much, and Never Enough,” feeling a chill when in the epilogue she predicted: “my uncle is going to get a lot of people killed.” Realize, when those words were typed on presumably her laptop, she, and all of us wereContinue reading “Reckoning, or Ragnarok…”

Smokestacks, and Psychopaths…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights In the south, you’ll see some lummox proudly spewing black smoke from the back of his pickup truck (it invariably is always “his/he/him”), tricked out with dual black smokestack pipes to “own the libs,” spew smoke in the air, and cause environmental bleeding heart tears over caringContinue reading “Smokestacks, and Psychopaths…”

Coups, Crackpots, and Psychopaths…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Coups There is a strong Trump following in the military, and retired generals on the crazy train, making moot all the protestations about Bill Clinton being a “draft dodger.” Mango Mussolini has five deferments from fake bone spurs. Most of the retired generals are part of theContinue reading “Coups, Crackpots, and Psychopaths…”

It’s Funny, Until It Isn’t…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Democracy, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights The Great Dictator—Charlie Chaplin’s masterful satire of Adolf Hitler—began filming in September 1939, right at the start of World War II. By the time it was released in 1940, the Axis had been formed, and Nazis were already occupying much of France. The threat was notContinue reading “It’s Funny, Until It Isn’t…”

The Monster They Made…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights It’s the kind of floor speech that sets up a presidential run in 2024 when no one in her party has any illusions: the blogger in Florida will be in too much legal, and financial trouble to actually run for his old “executive time” job, plus, he’llContinue reading “The Monster They Made…”

Masochists, Mask Holes, and Gaslighters…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Propaganda Tucker Carlson appears to be made of Teflon. Fox News’ top-rated host has been repeatedly accused of anti-immigrant and racist comments, which have cost his political opinion show many of its major advertisers. Yet Carlson endures in his prime-time slot. Carlson even attacked his own network’s chiefContinue reading “Masochists, Mask Holes, and Gaslighters…”

Whipsawed, Gobsmacked…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights JELANI COBB, STAFF WRITER, “THE NEW YORKER”: It was kind of a whiplash, you know, because there was a great deal of relief and joy, jubilation really, at the guilty verdict that came down in the Derek Chauvin trial. And then just that quickly, people were kindContinue reading “Whipsawed, Gobsmacked…”

Traitors and Patriots…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics Though hundreds of C.E.O.s signed on to defending voting rights in principle, many notable omissions did not, like the C.E.O. of Walmart, Warren Buffet signed as citizen, not head of Berkshire Hathaway; Coca-Cola and Delta felt they had said all that needed to be said, andContinue reading “Traitors and Patriots…”

What They Meant…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Democratic Republic, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights 100 photos, Time: In August 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he stopped at Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market. There he encountered Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. Whether Till really flirted with Bryant or whistled at herContinue reading “What They Meant…”