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Censorship in America: A historical perspective

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OPINION   Censorship in America: A historical perspective by Caren Besner “As long as I don’t write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything.” ~ Beaumarchais In 1982, seventy years after the fall...

Rules for Revolutionaries: A guide to understanding the radical left’s plan to reimagine America

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Rules for Revolutionaries: A guide to understanding the radical left’s plan to reimagine America by Caren Besner   Since George Floyd’s death, events seem to be spiraling out of control. For weeks, Americans were bombarded, almost on...

Of Merit and Melanin: Identity Politics and the Balkanization of America

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 Of Merit and Melanin: Identity Politics and the Balkanization of America by Caren Besner   On May 22, 2019, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gave a speech at the Center for American Progress.  Ms. Abrams spoke out...

The New Normal

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"The New Normal" by Caren Besner      Listening to the media today, one sometimes hears the phrase “new normal.” The dictionary defines normal as “conforming to a norm or standard.” That means it is a society...

Why Do Jews Vote Democrat

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by Carol Besner It’s an embarrassment when non-Jews perplexingly ask me why my people vote Democrat.  They are dumbfounded! What is the answer: (1) Stockholm Syndrome (side with your oppressor); (2) Fear: underlying unconscious survival strategy; (3) Need for...

Of Stables and Manure: The influence of campaign contributions on political decisions

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by Caren Besner There is a story from ancient Greek mythology about a great ruler: Augeias, King of Elis, who owned innumerable herds of cattle and twelve white bulls which were viewed as sacred. There,...

Of Cowardice and Desertion: A Historical and Contemporary Analysis

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By Caren Besner There is a famous line from a classical movie, "The Wizard of Oz," where the wizard responds to the request of the cowardly lion for the quality he believed he lacked: courage....

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Chimera of Peace or Victory

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by Caren Besner The American Heritage dictionary defines "victory" as the defeat of an enemy or triumph in a struggle against difficulties. "Peace," on the other hand, is characterized by the absence of hostilities, or...

The Modern Emperor’s New Clothes

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by Caren Besner Once upon a time, there was a great ruler, beloved by his people. On this particular day, the emperor had just completed his royal procession through the streets of his imperial capitol....

The Bastinado, The Rack, The Iron Maiden, and the Waterboard: A Historical Perspective

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by Caren Besner Webster's Third International Dictionary defines torture as the infliction of intense pain in order to punish or coerce someone; or to give sadistic pleasure to the torturer. In times past, devices such...