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Many members of both political parties believe the opposing party is more immoral and close-minded and less patriotic. Yet a majority of respondents from both parties said they wanted politicians to find common ground. […] Read More

Efforts to privatize public schools undermine the nature of a democratic government, replacing the sacred ideals of equality and shared fortunes with economic privilege and greed. The door to education must be open to all equally. […] Read More

In our pluralistic democracy, religious leaders have a moral responsibility to address injustices they see in society and a civic responsibility to work to secure justice. […] Read More

Public schools are one of the few institutions consistently encouraging immigrants, minorities and the disadvantaged to aspire to accomplish more than had previously been thought possible. They’ve done a remarkable job. […] Read More

True freedom isn’t as simple as the slogans, patriotic songs and political rhetoric would suggest. You must be willing to defend those who differ from you if you support it. That’s why some have lost their taste for freedom. […] Read More

Politics isn’t a zero-sum game. When political parties enter candidates for public office, more than winning or losing is at stake. In a divided electorate, the majority that won by a slim margin still must represent everyone. […] Read More

With midterm elections less than a week away, it’s imperative that you make the time to vote. It’s your privilege and your responsibility. Here are 5 questions to ask about your candidates as you enter the voting booth. […] Read More

Public libraries cost money. In fact, public libraries are expensive. No surprise then that when it comes to cutting the cost of public services, our public libraries and their budgets are also up for grabs. I posted an article on Facebook recently lamenting the loss of 900 public libraries in England and Wales in the […] Read More

Thomas Paine’s use of the Bible was at the heart of his incendiary critique of the political powers of his day. It goes, in summary, like this: The Bible denounces monarchy, and it’s no wonder because the monarchy is rotten so let’s start a revolution. Paine’s “Common Sense” has received a renewed interest in the […] Read More

We need to recover and adapt Thomas Paine’s critique of political power. Paine delivered a devastating blow to the notion of the British monarchy, and its attendant aristocracy, with his “Common Sense.” Just as the granting of a monarchy in the Old Testament was a “curse in reserve” to the Israelites, so the setting up […] Read More