Michael E. Berumen, Author at Liberal Resistance

Posts by Michael E. Berumen

Abolish The Second Amendment!

Editor’s Note: Again, we have had senseless mass shootings. Again, the GOP has prevented any real reform of gun control laws. It seemed fitting, therefore, to rerun the following article by Michael E. Berumen. This appeared back in April of 2018. Alas, so little has changed.     By Michael E. Berumen For some years…

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I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

Editor’s Note: Because you can’t just have politics all the time…   Rock: Its Origins, Nature, and Value By Michael Edward Berumen Rock ‘n’ Roll has many fathers and mothers and a greater number of opinions about who started it all. So naturally, I begin with my observations on its origins. One comes across many…

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I’m Not Ready to Make Nice

By Michael E. Berumen For nearly two years prior to the 2016 election, liberal commentators and analysts described Donald Trump’s supporters as disaffected white working-class voters or by similar appellations. These disaffected voters, they would observe, felt as though they had been left behind, that they were effectively disenfranchised and marginalized in society. They would…

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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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Meme: The Trump Cult

When someone chooses belief over evidence, we have a cult…and a problem.   Editor’s note: readers may have missed several stories that were posted to LR Net during the brief period when we were off the air. That being case, we will be reposting them over the next few days. This is one such story.

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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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Kings, Queens, and Jokers

There’s something to be said for monarchy. Not the kind that entails absolute power as enjoyed by the likes of Louis IV, Henry VIII, or Catherine the Great. I have in mind something rather different, something that bears greater similarity to what the Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Realms has today, that is,…

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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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