• We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately. -Benjamin Franklin, Freedom Fighter

  • We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. -Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom Fighter

  • Let us be cautious in making assertions and critical in examining them, but tolerant in permitting linguistic forms. -Rudolf Carnap, Philosopher

  • A clash of doctrines is not a disaster—it is an opportunity. -Alfred North Whitehead, Philosopher

  • If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poet

  • Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. -Rumi, Mystic

  • If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. – Rene Descartes, Philosopher

  • A house divided against itself cannot stand. -Abraham Lincoln, President

  • Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einstein, Scientist

  • Be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi, Freedom Fighter

Thanksgiving, 2020

Looking out the window this morning, the city looks peaceful, like it always does on Thanksgiving. No signs of pandemic. No signs of economic plight. No signs of constitutional crisis. No signs that the country is in danger of being torn apart.

Los Angeles looked every bit as peaceful on Thanksgiving in 2001, less than three months after 9/11. No signs of grief. No signs of anger. No signs of the impending war with Iraq. No signs of the culture wars that were already unraveling the American experiment in self-government.

On that Thanksgiving day in 2001, nineteen years ago, I sat down to write my first essay on freedom. In a personal exploration into what I was thankful for I wrote, I am most thankful for freedom, liberty, and a civil body politic, for it is through these that the Read more »

Independence Day 2020

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ~ Declaration Read more »

Martin Luther King Day, 2019

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Martin Luther Read more »

Thanksgiving, 2018

Chaos … Disorder. Turmoil. Disruption. Upheaval. As Thomas Friedman wrote in early-October: The nation is deeply divided, with each side seeing the other as ‘the enemy.’ … we’ve moved from “partisanship,” which still allowed for political compromises Read more »

Independence Day, 2018

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That Read more »

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