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The Ontology, Mythology, and End of Race

By Michael E. Berumen There are three major forces of our own manufacture that serve to alienate large swaths of people from one another and engender all manner of evil in our species. These are ancient forces; however, they are neither intractable nor ineradicable. One is the extremes of inequality in wealth (and hence, power),…

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A Précis on Reparations: A Moral Imperative

By Michael E. Berumen We often think of reparations in terms of its juridical denotation, that of a criminal compensating a victim for injuries she has incurred. It is a legal remedy intended as both retribution and as a form of restitution for the victims. Such reparations could be made by an individual or even…

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On Patriotism

Reflections on its Scope and Limits and the Priority of Justice By Michael E. Berumen Some years ago, I read something in the newspaper that Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt said about patriotism that has stuck with me. To paraphrase, he said that it was glib and facile to think patriotism merely means love of country,…

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Older Now

Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson are Hittin ‘em where it Hurts   Editor’s Note: LR Net doesn’t usually run music criticism. However, this piece, by Michael E. Berumen, seems to us to be important on both an aesthetic and also a political level. In it, Berumen looks at a recent work by Miley Cyrus and…

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Speaker Pelosi Liberals: Get on Board

By Michael E. Berumen      A new Speaker of the House will be elected by the incoming Democratic majority soon. Not nearly soon enough for many of us. The Minority Leader and former Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, remains the odds-on favorite to ascend to the role, one that is perhaps more important than it has been…

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Trumpism is Racist and Misogynistic

By Michael E. Berumen It is time for liberals in the broadest sense of the term to come to grips with something many have avoided, heretofore–––­­­partly from gentility, partly from denial, and partly from benign ignorance. It is obvious that to support Donald J. Trump as President of the United States is, in effect, to…

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On Fascism

By Michael E. Berumen   The appellation fascist or fascism has been applied to many people and movements over the years, and more often than not, it has been used incorrectly etymologically, that is, in terms of its historical and philosophical origins. Most often it has been used by the left to describe people or…

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Abolish the Anachronistic Second Amendment!

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By Michael E. Berumen For some years now, after one horrific mass-shooting and another, many liberals begin their lamentations and calls for more reasonable gun control with a de rigueur introductory qualification, “I support the Second Amendment, but…” or “I support the right to bear arms and I own weapons myself, but…” Here are my…

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Whistling Past the Graveyard

We’re Just Whistling Past the Graveyard if We Don’t Focus on Defeating Republicans at Every Level By Michael E. Berumen In the wake of the most recent school shooting tragedy in Florida, there is the customary hue and cry of media cognoscenti, gun control activists, and many politicians professing outrage. Social media are abuzz with…

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