Category Archives: Civil liberties

General Motors won’t be criminally prosecuted

Conservatives claim and, sadly, many recent courts agree, that corporations are like persons, with many of the same attendant rights. But here is a case where a corporation, General Motors, engaged in criminal behavior and it ought to be criminally … Continue reading

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Connecting the dots

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (August 28th), Michelle Alexander (whose book, The New Jim Crow, I mentioned and quoted from here) posted the following Facebook status update: For the past several years, I have spent virtually … Continue reading

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“Mom! He’s looking at me. Make him stop!”

What sibling doesn’t have memories from childhood of saying something like that to his/her mother?  Most moms know how to handle such episodes without resorting to throwing the offending kid down to the ground and choking him out.  Most moms, … Continue reading

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The New Jim Crow

[I am currently reading Michelle Alexander’s landmark book, The New Jim Crow.  In it, she lays bare the ugly truth that America has constructed a system for racial control that is more subtle than, in that it has a veneer of … Continue reading

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Dissent by Durr: The conscience of an American lawyer

Although I recently posted his photo here on the right-hand side of my blog, I have not yet mentioned Clifford Judkins Durr (1899-1975) in any of my posts, and it’s past time I did.  Both he and his wife, Virginia Foster Durr (1903-1999), are heroes of mine … Continue reading

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And justice for all?

I wonder how many Americans who rightly celebrated yesterday Amanda Knox’s release from an Italian jail – in a long-delayed act of justice – will spare a thought today for those detainees who are unjustly accused, denied a trial, and … Continue reading

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President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

The more I learn about him, and I haven’t studied him in detail, the more I appreciate Dwight D. Eisenhower as president.  He was the president when I was born (1958), but I was too young to remember him in … Continue reading

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