Henry Aaron…and Me

I was born and raised in Milwaukee. When I was almost 7 – in June of 1953— I went with mom, grandma and grandpa to my first professional baseball game. I think the Braves were playing the Phillies. Walking through the parking lot at Milwaukee County Stadium, on our way to the gate for our seats, grandpa asked me, “Who’s…

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White Rage

We know what caused the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Yes, the President encouraged the protesters he gathered to support his effort to upend the election results, to “take back America,” to “fight, fight, fight.” President Trump urged domestic terrorism, but he didn’t cause it. The real cause of the violent storming of the Capitol, threatening…

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Plato on US Politics

A 2,400 Year-old Lesson We Should Learn Everybody knows philosophy is useless. Philosophers have their heads in the clouds having nothing to do with events on the ground. Parents of university students want their kids to earn MD, JD, or MBA degrees, not a philosophy degree. I have been teaching philosophy to undergraduates for over forty years. Current events call…

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Remembering Nancy J. Holland

Dr. Nancy Holland, Professor of Philosophy Emerita at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, was born on September 3, 1947, and died peacefully January 25, 2020, two years after her cancer diagnosis. She said she was not in pain through her months of treatment. She kept reading, enjoyed time with her family and friends, and worked to outline two fantasy…

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Reparations Considered

Reparations Considered Now that reparations have entered the 2020 presidential campaign, it’s time to have a serious look at who, what, and why. What about when and where? When has been put off for hundreds of years already, so don’t hold your breath. Where? Here, in the US. The notion of reparations has been cycling politically since the Emancipation Proclamation…

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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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