Ten Political Questions the Answers to Which MUST Be an Unequivocal “Yes!”

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As the midterms approach, it is important to remember that we are still in the midst of an ongoing effort by the vast majority in the Republican Party to overturn the results of the last election.  It is the party whose foundational tenet remains the Big Lie of election fraud.  It is also the party, … Continue reading Ten Political Questions the Answers to Which MUST Be an Unequivocal “Yes!”

Asif Mahmood

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The NYT Editorial Board has rebuked various Democratic Party institutions for actively supporting election-denying and otherwise extremist Republicans to the detriment of allegedly more moderate voices within the Republican Party.  The problem, however, is that the Republican Party has utterly failed to address the attempt of Donald Trump to destroy the republic on January 6.  … Continue reading Asif Mahmood

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Why Ukraine Matters: A Response to Andrew Bacevich

Introduction For decades Andrew Bacevich, Professor Emeritus of History and International Studies at Boston University, has written compelling warnings about the militarization of US foreign policy.  In books and articles that persistently echo Dwight D. Eisenhower’s cautions against the military-industrial complex (MIC), Bacevich has shone a revealing light on how the corrupting militarization of politics … Continue reading Why Ukraine Matters: A Response to Andrew Bacevich

Evil is Always a Choice, Never a Necessity

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The general context of this post relates to a brief response I gave to John Nichols’ excellent defense of Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mandela Barnes’ speech addressing problems in US history that placed a particular burden on Blacks and Native Americans from the very inception of the Republic.  The article and the commentary it elicited can … Continue reading Evil is Always a Choice, Never a Necessity

Plagiarized Endorsements for the June Primary

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By now, all registered voters should have received their California State and County Information Guide and Official Vote-By-Mail Ballots.  In retirement, I have decided to comb through these guides a little more carefully than before and to share some thoughts as to why I have made my choices.  I will suggest some candidates, but I … Continue reading Plagiarized Endorsements for the June Primary

The High Treason of the Global Right: A Story from Poland

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A friend from Poland sent me a recent statement from a conservative politician in Poland named Roman Giertych.  The statement alleges a conspiracy between Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the leading conservative party in Poland, the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, hereafter PiS).  The secret agreement would have rendered the … Continue reading The High Treason of the Global Right: A Story from Poland

Why Fascism is Wrong for the Fascists

Fascism is not wrong simply because it carried out the Shoah.  Every other political ideology has empowered their adherents to perpetrate mass crimes against humanity.  The communists persecuted and often killed kulaks and ethnic minorities by the hundreds of thousands.  The western liberal tradition may have been the most effective killer of all, murdering and … Continue reading Why Fascism is Wrong for the Fascists