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American Civilization is bleeding itself

(This essay, edited, was originally published by thehill.com on February 22, 2018.) In comparison to the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the violent incident a few days earlier at my granddaughter’s high school in our cozy, comfortable New England … Continue reading

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America’s Story Must Evolve with Changing Demographics

(This essay was originally published, abridged, as “Changing demographics: The Battle for America’s Story” on February 10, 2018, at thehill.com.) All great countries, empires, and civilizations have their stories—grand narratives that consist of both truth and myth—which serve as part … Continue reading

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Part V: Citizenship in Postwar America

This is the fifth essay in a series devoted to examining citizenship and the American citizen, the rights, duties, and norms of which have become ever more contentious since the divisive Sixties. They have become especially relevant in recent years … Continue reading

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Part III: Citizenship in a Revolutionary State, 18th Century Revolutionary France

This is the third essay in a series devoted to examining citizenship and the American citizen, the rights, duties, and norms of which have become ever more contentious beginning in the divisive Sixties. They have become especially relevant in recent … Continue reading

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Civility: An Essential of Civilization

(This essay was originally published as “Civilization is Dependent upon Civility,” February 11, 2017, in the Newport Daily News.) The growing incivility in American civilization has finally hit home for me. For the first time, someone posted a comment with … Continue reading

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The Columbus Day Debate

(This essay was originally published as “Don’t junk Columbus and other heroes,” in the Providence Journal on October 13, 2014.) Like the celebration of Thanksgiving, which has been squeezed severely by the commercialism of Halloween at one end and Christmas … Continue reading

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