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American History in the Making.

Dreamers and Misdemeanors: Amnesty and Honesty.  Adverse Possession as the American Way of Life.  Dreamers and Misdemeanors: Amnesty and Honesty. Adverse Possession as the American Way of Life.

Whatever happened to socialism?  Axel Honneth tries to revive the socialist ideal in The Idea of Socialism.  Is it an idea whose time has come, gone, and maybe come again?  Maybe. Whatever happened to socialism? Axel Honneth tries to revive the socialist ideal in “The Idea of Socialism.” Is it an idea whose time has come, gone, and maybe come again? Maybe.

The Undoing Project and History as Choice: Reprogramming Your Intellect through Listening to Others. The Undoing Project and History as Choice: Reprogramming Your Intellect through Listening to Others.

Distrust in the Hinterlands: Bozo the Clown Promotes Fear and Hate, and It Ain’t Funny. Distrust in the Hinterlands: Bozo the Clown Promotes Fear and Hate, and It Ain’t Funny.

The Election of Donald Trump and the Law of Small Numbers: A Statistical Note on the Choice of Incompetent Presidents. The Election of Donald Trump and the Law of Small Numbers: A Statistical Note on the Choice of Incompetent Presidents.

False Equivalencies Equal Bad History and Bad Politics: Populism vs. Nativism/Sanders vs. Trump.  False Equivalencies Equal Bad History and Bad Politics: Populism vs. Nativism/Sanders vs. Trump.

Do unto others before they do unto you: The Devolution of Conservatism from Burke to Trump and the Evolution of Pragmatic Liberalism from Madison to Obama.  Do unto others before they do unto you: The Devolution of Conservatism from Burke to Trump And the Evolution of Pragmatic Liberalism from Madison to Obama.

Donald Trump and the Contours of American Decision-Making:  Do we suffer from a collective thinking disorder?  And what can we learn from Star Trek?  Donald Trump and the Contours of American Decision-Making: Do we suffer from a collective thinking disorder? And what can we learn from Star Trek?

History as Choice and the Second Amendment: Would you want to keep a musket in your house?  History as Choice and the Second Amendment: Would you want to keep a musket in your house?

Limiting the Sum of Lincoln’s “Some:” Democracy, Mobocracy and Majority Rule. Limiting the Sum of Lincoln’s “Some:” Democracy, Mobocracy and Majority Rule.

A Note on “History as Choice” Gone Wrong: Taking Choices Out of Context and Blaming the Victim.  A Note on “History as Choice” Gone Wrong: Taking Choices Out of Context and Blaming the Victim.

Three Simple Reasons “Constitutional Originalism” is a Fraud and Merely a Pseudo-Legal Cover for a Radical Right-Wing Political Agenda.  Three Simple Reasons “Constitutional Originalism” is a Fraud and Merely a Pseudo-Legal Cover for a Radical Right-Wing Political Agenda.

American Revolution.

George III’s Legacy: Was the American Revolution based on false premises?  George III’s  Legacy: Was the American Revolution based on false premises?

George Washington’s Lament: Was the American Revolution based on foolish expectations?  George Washington’s Lament: Was the American Revolution based on foolish expectations?

Would it have been better for the American colonists and would it be better for us today if the American Revolution had not happened?  Would it have been better for the American colonists and would it be better for us today if the American Revolution had not happened?

How might things have been worse if the American Revolution had not happened?  How might things have been worse if the American Revolution had not happened?

The American Revolution through British Eyes.  The American Revolution through British Eyes.

American Slavery.

Would the United States still have slavery if the South had not seceded in 1861? Part I: Shouldn’t the North have seceded from the Union instead of the South? Would the United States still have slavery if the South had not seceded in 1861? Part I: Shouldn’t the North have seceded from the Union instead of the South?

Would the United States still have slavery if the South had not seceded in 1861? Part II: Why did the South secede? Would the United States still have slavery if the South had not seceded in 1861? Part II: Why did the South secede?

Would the United States still have slavery if the South had not seceded in 1861? Conclusion: Very likely. Would the United States still have slavery if the South had not seceded in 1861? Conclusion: Very likely.

Art.

Seurat’s La Grande Jatte: An Anarchist Meditation. Seurat’s La Grande Jatte: An Anarchist Meditation.

Education.

Struggling to Raise the Norm: Essentialism, Progressivism and the Persistence of Common/Normal Schooling in America. Struggling to Raise the Norm: Essentialism, Progressivism and the Persistence of Common/Normal Schooling in America

Progressivism, Postmodernism and Republicanism: The Relevance of James Conant to Educational Theory Today. Progressivism, Postmodernism and Republicanism: The Relevance of James Conant to Educational Theory Today

Celebrating Holidays and Heroes:  Rejoicing in the Ideal and Critiquing the Reality – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. Celebrating Holidays and Heroes: Rejoicing in the Ideal and Critiquing the Reality – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas

Shakespeare.

From Phallus to Phalanx.  Is Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Coriolanus actually a Comedy?  The End of a Heroic Age.  From Phallus to Phalanx. Is Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Coriolanus actually a Comedy? The End of a Heroic Age.  From Phallus to Phalanx. Is Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Coriolanus actually a Comedy? The End of a Heroic Age.

The Comedy of Errors or the Errors of ComedyShakespeare does Saint Paul (the saint, not the city). What’s in your Conscience?  The Comedy of Errors or the Errors of Comedy. Shakespeare does Saint Paul (the saint, not the city). What’s in your Conscience?

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or As You Will: A Masquerade of Fools, Fooling and Con(wo)men. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or As You Will. A Masquerade of Fools, Fooling and Con(wo)men.

 Humility and Humiliation in Timon of Athens.  Shakespeare does Schtick.  Apemantus Searches for an Honest Man. Humility and Humiliation in Timon of Athens. Shakespeare does Schtick. Apemantus Searches for an Honest Man.

The Taming of a Schlemozzle: As You Like It as you like it. The Taming of a Schlemozzle: As You Like It as you like it.

Better Dead than Red: Hamlet and the Cold War against Catholicism in Elizabethan England. Better Dead than Red: Hamlet and the Cold War against Catholicism in Elizabethan England

Shakespeare, Shylock and The Merchant of Venice: Protestants, Catholics and the Jewish Question in Elizabethan England. Shakespeare, Shylock and The Merchant of Venice: Protestants, Catholics and the Jewish Question in Elizabethan England.

Drama.

Hope for humanity in Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Just how dead are they? A fateful misstep need not be a fatal mistake. Hope for humanity in Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Just how dead are they?  A fateful misstep need not be a fatal mistake.

Entropy, Negentropy and Chaos in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia: Must We Face the Music or Can’t We Just Dance?  Entropy, Negentropy and Chaos in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia: Must We Face the Music or Can’t We Just Dance?

Sartre’s No Exit as A Rorschach Test.  Why don’t they leave when they get the chance?  Is it Bad Faith or The Look? Sartre’s No Exit as A Rorschach Test. Why don’t they leave when they get the chance? Is it Bad Faith or The Look?

Waiting for Godot: Why do we keep waiting? Hope Among the Hopeless. Waiting for Godot: Why do we keep waiting? Hope among the Hopeless.

Literature.

What to do about the Big Bad Wolf: Narrative Choices and the Moral of a Story. What to do about the Big Bad Wolf: Narrative Choices and the Moral of a Story

Don’t let the bastards get you down. Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. A Medieval Mystery with a Metaphysical Moral for our Time. Don’t let the bastards get you down. Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. A Medieval Mystery with a Metaphysical Moral for our Time.

Idealism as Egoism in Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo. The Contradictions in a Depressive’s Dystopian World View. Things fall apart and apart and apart…  Idealism as Egoism in Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo. The Contradictions in a Depressive’s Dystopian World View. Things fall apart and apart and apart…

“It’s like trying to tell a stranger ‘bout rock ‘n roll.”  The Magic in The Magic Mountain. “It’s like trying to tell a stranger ‘bout rock ‘n roll.” The Magic in The Magic Mountain.

So what if Horton heard a Who? The Ethics of Hobbes, Hutcheson and Dr. Seuss in the Age of Trump. So what if Horton heard a Who? The Ethics of Hobbes, Hutcheson and Dr. Seuss in the Age of Trump.

The Will to Believe and The Wizard of Oz: Pragmatism along the Yellow Brick Road. The Will to Believe and The Wizard of Oz: Pragmatism along the Yellow Brick Road.

Resolving the Double-Entendres in Hard Times: Utopian Socialism in the Novels of Charles Dickens. Resolving the Double-Entendres in Hard Times: Utopian Socialism in the Novels of Charles Dickens

Strangers in an Estranged Land: A Reexamination of The Stranger and Review of The Meursault Investigation. Strangers in an Estranged Land: A Reexamination of The Stranger and Review of The Meursault Investigation.

Whalers, Whales and Morality Tales: Voyages of Discovery in Moby Dick. What’s with all those boring whale chapters? Whalers, Whales and Morality Tales: Voyages of Discovery in Moby Dick. What’s with all those boring whale chapters?

Revolt of the Minor Characters: A Suggestion for a Dickens Imitation. Revolt of the Minor Characters: A Suggestion for a Dickens Imitation

Philosophy and Religion.

An Unorthodox View of Jewish History: Why are Jews still here at all and why aren’t there more of us? An Unorthodox View of Jewish History: Why are Jews still here at all and why aren’t there more of us?

Rethinking Descartes’ Cogito: “I think, therefore we are (not I am).” Part I: Resolving the Popeye Perplex. Rethinking Descartes’ Cogito: “I think, therefore we are (not I am).” Part I: Resolving the Popeye Perplex.

Rethinking Descartes’ Cogito: “I think, therefore we are (not I am).” Part II:  The World According to Calvin and Hobbes. Rethinking Descartes’ Cogito: “I think, therefore we are (not I am).” Part II: The World According to Calvin and Hobbes.

Rethinking Descartes’ Cogito: “I think, therefore we are (not I am).” Part III: A Cross of Gold and the Golden Rule. Rethinking Descartes’ Cogito: “I think, therefore we are (not I am).” Part III: A Cross of Gold and the Golden Rule.

HAGGADAH: A Program for a Passover Seder. Haggadah: A Program for a Passover Seder

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