Restoration, not Revolution

We no longer need to imagine the possibility of a destructive revolution in this country. Today we endure a system of government which operates ostensibly under the same constitution we have long enjoyed. We have elections where votes are cast and counted, a robust separation of powers and an extensive web of checks and balances seemingly in full effect. This external veneer belies the true nature of our government. Continue reading “Restoration, not Revolution”

The True Seat of Mischief

Hillel the Elder famously and somewhat enigmatically posed the question “if I am not for myself, then who is for me?” And while on its surface, and being read with a modern eye, this question might appear to be a simple prod for pushovers everywhere to show some backbone and stand up for themselves, the next part of the quote invites a more subtle reading. Continue reading “The True Seat of Mischief”

Poor, Black and Talking Back

Last Saturday, April 4th, a man named Walter L. Scott was shot and killed in North Charleston, South Carolina. He was shot from behind as he fled.
The perpetrator happens to be a white police officer and the victim—once again—happens to be an unarmed black man. Continue reading “Poor, Black and Talking Back”