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Liberty and Equality

November 28, 2019

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It seems to me that we are guaranteed two rights, liberty and equality, in the founding instruments of our republic, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. There are other rights, like the freedom of religion, and principles, like government as Abraham Lincoln phrased it, “of the people, by the people, and for the people” […]

Rat Poison at UA, and How to Get Rid of It

October 31, 2019

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By now every Crimson Tide football fan knows that Coach Nick Saban thinks bragging on winning as “rat poison” among the team. He cultivates a winning spirit, one acquired by immense disciple and devotion to hard training and preparation, but he is also afraid that pride and bragging and feeling good about being No. 1 […]

Experiencing Capitalism

October 15, 2019

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Don’t worry, this is not a piece about capitalists and socialists. You are bombarded enough with those pieces by both politicians and journalists who all claim to have the final say on the truth. I have been an academic, a professor all my working life, except for a couple of years in the Navy which […]

Some Thoughts on the Firing of James R. Riley at University of Alabama

September 22, 2019

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An announcement made on Sept. 5 was terse and expressed the opinion that the case was closed: “Dr. James Riley has resigned his position at the University of Alabama by mutual agreement,” Chris Bryant, a spokesman for the University, wrote in an email, adding “Neither party will have any further comments.” Case closed. I thought […]

The True Beginning of African Slavery in the Americas

September 9, 2019

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By now, unless you are a hermit or living under a rock, we all know from the avalanche of media that slavery began in America four hundred years ago, in 1619, with the arrival of a Dutch ship off the coast of Virginia with some African slaves they traded to the Virginia colonists for some […]

Did the English Get It Right?

August 26, 2019

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As usual, something reminded me of a historical phenomenon we need to reexamine: the old British empire and its legacy to the world. The recent outbreak of mass demonstrations in Hong Kong aimed at the China’s center of political power in Beijing recalled the historical period of the British empire which governed over a significant […]

The True Beginning of African Slavery in the Americas

August 25, 2019

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By now, unless you are a hermit or living under a rock, we all know from the avalanche of media that slavery began in America four hundred years ago, in 1619, with the arrival of a Dutch ship off the coast of Virginia with some African slaves they traded to the Virginia colonists for some […]