Remembering Mulford Q. Sibley

I met Mulford Q. Sibley in the fall of 1972. A colleague and I were working to start a new chapter of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, one near our college in rural Minnesota, so we invited Professor Sibley of the Political Science Department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. He was kind enough to come, spoke on…

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The United Methodist Church Decision on GLBT Policy: An Open Letter

I have written the pastor of my United Methodist Church in Hayward, Wisconsin resigning my sixty-year membership in the United Methodist Church (UMC). I have sent this letter to my pastor, to two area Bishops, and to the President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, with copies to thirty-five pastor friends. This is not an easy decision for me,…

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Moral Injury

Moral Injury “The Truth which was the object of his quest was not outside himself but within. Hence, the more he took to violence, the more he receded from Truth. For in fighting the imagined enemy without he neglected the enemy within.” –Gandhi, “Ahimsa or Love” “No evil can befall a good human being.” –Socrates, Apology “Socrates: Doing what’s unjust…

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Why Environmentalists Must Be Pacifists

Concerned Philosophers for Peace session American Philosophical Association, Savanna, GA January 4, 2018 Warism is taking war for granted as morally justifiable. It is an attitude, an assumed value position, a perspective through which the world, including relations of nations are understood. Warism strikes me as the primary obstacle to building a more peaceful world. While token efforts to justify…

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Eradicating Warism, Our Most Dangerous Disease

Eradicating Warism: Our Most Dangerous Disease* by Duane L. Cady Preface “Ki mai koe a au, he ahate mea nui o te, He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!” (“If you ask what is the most important thing in the world, it is the people! The People! The People!”) –Maori saying Given the many problems in the world, given the violent…

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“All Eyze On Me,” the life of Tupac Shakur

I had a chance to see he HBO biopic on the life and death of rapper Tupac Shakur (b. 1971; d.1996). It came out a couple of years ago but has been available only on HBO so access has been limited. I wanted to see the film because my son was a fan while in high school in the early…

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“Reality” Show Bully as US CEO

Americans are trying to figure out how to have a Happy New Year as the White House is about to be vacated by Michelle and Barack Obama. According to media reports, the new President and First Lady, Donald and Melania Trump, are not likely to live there. Rather, they’ll continue living in their penthouse apartment atop the Manhattan Trump Tower,…

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Making Football Safe to Play

“Football is not a contact sport; it is a collision sport.” –Vince Lombardi According to the NFL coach after whom the Super Bowl trophy was named, the essence of football, the heart, soul, and main attraction, is the collision. Every play of every game includes collisions, the pain involved, and the possible injuries caused. Some fans wonder if we are…

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Hilary & Bernie

The national news media named Hillary Clinton the “presumptive nominee” of the Democratic Party for US President on the eve of the California primary, amid questions of journalistic ethics violations. Did the announcement affect the outcome with some Sanders’ supporters not voting because they were told the race was over? We’ll never know. The national media’s decision to “call” the…

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Novel Recommendation

DO NOT MISS: Marlon James’ award-winning “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2014), 688 pages. It took me five hours and 130 pages to get into this demanding work of historical fiction, but it is both rewarding and insightful. James explores political and cultural events in Jamaica from Dec. 2, 1976 through March 22, 1991…

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