It’s Not You. . . It’s Us

Who is to blame for the planet’s increasingly inevitable ecological collapse? I am not asking whether climate change is a product of human action or not (of course it is) — what I am asking is whether the crisis is being driven largely by corporate greed and government corruption or if we (i.e. the consumers […]

Just Because You Can…

It can be difficult reading articles that highlight shortcomings and failures within systems you, on the whole, endorse and support. This difficulty presented upon reading Harold Braswell’s editorial in The Washington Post commenting on alleged abuses suffered by disabled Canadian citizens. As someone with family connections to Canada and as a proponent of universal healthcare […]

The COVID Resurgence (or Revenge of the Sick)

As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic raged across the country over the summer of 2020, there was no shortage of public health officials, epidemiologists, medical practitioners and statisticians warning that a second wave of the virus could be expected. They implored the public to minimize social gatherings, continue wearing masks when around people and prepare for the […]

Requiem for the American Dream

Whatever one’s opinions or feelings regarding Donald J. Trump as head of state, a businessman, parent, spouse or human being, there is no denying the profound influence he has exercised over large swaths of the American electorate. His boorish approach to leadership has captivated millions. His indifference to advice and recommendations has been applauded by […]

Social [media] distancing

Everywhere these days you hear the phrase “social distancing”, a phrase I feel didn’t exist until the last few months. In essence, what this means is that we (i.e. society) must maintain a high degree of space or outright isolation (i.e. distancing) from each other in an effort to slow the spread of the SARS-COV-2 […]

Silencing Voices

“[T]he right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” once again came under threat in Alamance County, North Carolina in recent weeks. A variety of activist groups joined in Graham on 24 November to protest the county’s most recent alliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. […]