Defend institutions

OK, you want to know why I’m running for school board? I’m not lacking things to do with my time. I am not bored. My day job in academic book publishing is endlessly fascinating and demanding, and numerous prospective authors (I am chagrined to admit) could tell you that all my evenings and weekends couldContinue reading “Defend institutions”

Acquiescence is complicity; love requires truthtelling

Until we have agreed that we will speak truthfully and respectfully to and about each other, and that we will not choose as our representatives people who are unable to do either, we cannot hope for progress on anything else.

A note of appreciation to Heather Cox Richardson

My Facebook friends who pay any attention at all will to my posts know that I repost every single instalment of Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters from an American. I believe that if the United States survives its current crisis as a functioning democracy, her letters will be anthologized and read and re-read for as manyContinue reading “A note of appreciation to Heather Cox Richardson”

Read Timothy Snyder; skip Ben Sasse

[Originally posted on Facebook May 24, 2019. I had been reading The Road to Unfreedom slowly, posting quotations and comments as I went. This was my concluding post.] OK, a concluding comment about Timothy Snyder, The Road to Unfreedom. For me Snyder was a scales-from-the-eyes read. His European and specifically Ukrainian and Russian focus throughContinue reading “Read Timothy Snyder; skip Ben Sasse”