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Things were always better back when….

December 2, 2018

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We’ve heard old timers say frequently that things were always better long ago in their youth. Music, morality, mothers and just about any category you can think about are remembered fondly and with great longing for the past. But, was it all that great? Well, some would say–definitely. Today we even have a word for […]

Thank You for Your Service

December 2, 2018

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Today is Veteran’s Day, so thank you for your service. I don’t recall when that phrase started to become part of modern greetings, but I’m glad it did since I’m a Vietnam War period veteran, and the homecoming for many of the troops in the late 1960s and early 1970s was both insulting and humiliating. […]

Thoughts from the Past for the Present, and for the Future for that Matter

December 2, 2018

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I often invoke the adage, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” probably coined by George Santayana (1863-1952). There is a lot of what I’d call popular wisdom out there from other ages. When reading these, one wonders how clever and original are we really when compared to the past? Try […]

A View from the Lectern

September 16, 2018

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As a historian, I have taught across a spectrum of the Latin American and American experiences. I have also taught the history of the Christian church over the past two decades since a colleague and I inherited a similar course from Vern Grosse who taught it for many years at UA. I come at the […]

The Meaning of the Long American Revolution

September 16, 2018

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With so much vitriol and ignorance being winged at each other these days by politicians, social media gurus, political analysts, talking heads, and just about anybody in the country with a forum, I thought I’d share with you a book-in-the-making about the long influence cast on us by our Revolution and the Constitution. The manuscript, […]

Of Socialists, Capitalists, and Progressives

September 16, 2018

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A few weeks ago we looked at “democratic socialism.” Let’s broaden the scope a bit of put socialism into a larger context and so understand it better. To simplify a complex subject is not always simple: capitalism is generally a label for a system devoted to making wealth with the least amount of government control; […]

Surprising Warfare

September 16, 2018

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Surprise has always been one of the determining ingredients in any battle or war. We can go back to Biblical times when David and Goliath met up on the field of battle. The Philistines were most assuredly surprised by the short fight they witnessed between their giant champion and the shrimp Hebrew shepherd boy with […]