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by Ed Knudson

1) Washington Post Publishes Lots of Libertarian Nonsense
2) The Spontaneous Order of James Buchanan; No Government Necessary for This Libertarian
3) Republicans Fail Entirely on Health Care; Trump Turns Against His Voters
4) Trump Had Morality Hammered Out of Him by His Family History
5) Trump, Like Others Who Follow the Russian Atheist, Ayn Rand, is in Serious Trouble
6) Trump and the Russian Mafia
7) Ted Cruz's Free Choice Means Death to Thousands; the Myth of Personal Responsibility
8) Trump Didn’t Win the Working Class. The Democrats Lost It
9) NRA Thinks White Alienated Males are Feeling Sorry for Themselves
10) Widespread Rebukes of Trump's Blood Tweets; Calls for Retraction
11) Peter Berger Dies. Our Knowledge is Not Our Own
12) Not All Lutherans are the Same. Supreme Court Favors One Type Only
13) Obamacare is a Conservative Model of Healthcare and is Failing; Now It's Time for Single Payer
14) It's Clear Now: Putin Wanted Trump, Not Clinton
15) Politics is a Knife Fight with No Rules, Says Grover Norquist
16) This Should Happen All Over:  Union Ironworker Has a Plan to Beat Paul Ryan
17) Triangulation Has Been Terribly Hurtful to Democrats
18) Kitzhaber Exonerated; Oregonian Debases Itself Again
19) Trump is Too Ignorant to be President; Doesn't Even Know What Christians Believe
20) Dissent: Organizing in Red America
21) It's the Racists Who Want Guns
22) It Can Happen Here
23) Surprise Victory for Social Democracy in England
24) Before and After the Pill
25) Dear Trump Appointees: Quit Your Jobs or Lose Your Souls
26) Americans, Hang Your Heads in Shame
27) Montana Republican So Afraid of the Press that He Attacks Reporter
28) James Comey: The Fall of a Niebuhrian
29) Management by Terror: Stalin and Trump
30) The Cynical Use of Abortion by Politicians
31) NCC Urges Churches to Refrain From Intervening in Political Campaigns

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 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.  7/15/2017

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 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  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 Peńalosa 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

Article  Here is the message of the Lutheran World Federation Twelfth Assembly, 10-16 May, 2017, Windhoek, Namibia. New economic models needed. Education, climate change, liberating grace, 500 Reformation.  5/17/2017

Article  by Gabriel Rockhill:  Post-Marxist French theory directly contributed to the CIA’s cultural program of coaxing the left toward the right, while discrediting anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism,  5/8/2017

Article  by Eric Hobsbawm:  At crucial moments in the 19th century, and even today, the church has sided with powerful and wealthy business owners rather than workers and the working poor. Christian faith failed them.  5/8/2017

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