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This Could Be Our 1989

You might think that the greatest political, cultural, economic shock of our lifetimes, right here in the USA, would unleash a torrent of salient and incisive commentary. There’s been some good, some confused, some angry. But mostly what I’ve seen is a kind of mouth-open shocked.

What was once regarded as expertise lies in ruins.Here’s the problem: all the experts were wrong. I’m in the same boat as almost everyone else. We followed the cues we had – polls, betting odds, our own intuitions – but they were all misleading, and everyone underestimated the vulnerability of the status quo. Admitting this takes humility – vast oceans of it. It challenges us to throw away what we thought we knew and consider a new way of thinking.

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Movie Review: Hell or High Water

Last night I saw the pre-release of the movie “Hell or High Water.” Taking place in West Texas in current times, the film is perhaps described best as a modern-day western. The story revolves around two brothers played by Chris Pine (of Star Trek fame), and Ben Foster who rob a bank (for reasons that are made clear as the film unfolds). Jeff Bridges brilliantly plays the Texas Ranger who has to track them down.

Here’s the Trailer:

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Iraqi Christians – The Latest Sad Chapter in the History of the Unarmed

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George Santayana, in “The Life of Reason,” said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Unfortunately, the past century is replete with painful lessons of the connection between defenseless people and tyranny.

History is replete with lessons of the connection between defenseless people & tyranny.

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In Europe, as the Nazi’s rounded up the Jews, they faced virtually no resistance.  Most Americans are familiar with the concentration camps, and believe this is where the worst occurred.  In reality, the concentration camps were a final step in the evolution of the “final solution.”

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Boys Who Won’t Be Men

PPJ.M. Barrie’s famous play, Peter Pan, depicts a protagonist who is a young boy who refuses to grow up.  Barrie’s inspiration was his brother, who died in childhood, and remained a child in his mother’s mind forever.  While the whimsical idea of eternal childhood has a charm, and it is enjoyable to escape to that imaginary world for the length of an afternoon play or film, virtually all men through the ages have reached a point between their 13th and 18th year where they desire to leave childish things behind.

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