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Some Podcasts You Might Want To Consider

I can’t say I’ve found much to like about this pandemic. Today marks the seventh month that I’ve worked from home, hardly venturing out at all. I still have in my wallet the same $413 I had when I stepped off an airplane on March 13 and drove home to quarantine.
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Gov. Whitmer and the Appeal to Heaven

What if the would-be assassins plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were neither left nor right? What if the plotters were little more than canaries in the mine shaft, bearers of a warning of what is to come if we don't pull ourselves together?
News that 13...

Connecticut's First Trial Of The Pandemic Era

Well, count me among the shocked.
This week, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut did what I thought would be impossible. It found jurors ready, willing and able to sit on a jury trial. Evidence began this morning, in the case of Amica v....

Social Media, Russia and Our Present Discontent

I’m not sure why Twitter suspended the account of Black Lives Matter leader Sasha Johnson. Her tweet that she wasn’t calling for equality with white people, but, rather, for the enslavement of white folks, was controversial to be sure. But how certain are we she actually...

Kenosha and Our Legitimation Crisis

If you want to know what a legitimation crisis is, look no further than the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin. At night, you will see buildings burning. This in response to the police shooting of a young man named Jason Blake.
Jason is black.
The officer...

The Racial Preference War At Yale

Look no further than the federal Department of Justice’s accusation that Yale University engages in racial discrimination in its admissions policies if you want to understand the widening racial fault lines in American politics. And consider Yale’s response to the...

Augustine's Confessions: What Is It About The Pear?

The final words of Book Two of St. Augustine’s Confessions could easily be a epigraph for our times: “I turned myself into a famished land I had to live in.” I’ve all but given up watching the news on television: In a matter of months, our public life has been...


"Naked Athena?" Not Quite. A Goddess of Mass Hysteria

You’ve probably seen the picture of Naked Athena by now. She’s the lithe young woman who pranced nude through the streets of Portland, Oregon, the other night, wearing only a black face mask and a cap to confront law enforcement officers as they tried to quell protestors....

Augustine's Confessions Still Reveal Profound Truths

I’ve turned during this season of pandemic-induced hysteria to Saint Augustine for solace. His Confessions is one of the greatest books ever written. Augustine understood sin; he experienced the transforming power of grace; and, he wrote of his relationship with God in terms at once...

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