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Book Review: The Hidden History Of American Oligarchy

In The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class, Thom Hartmann recounts three periods of increased hegemony of oligarchs in American society. He posits that with the inauguration of Joe Biden as president on Jan. … Continue reading

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Patriotism And Politics In The United States

Patriotism and Politics in the United States A Guest Post by Ralph Scharnau As we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, it seems appropriate to reflect on the founding of the American Republic. The patriots of the Revolutionary War era … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson to Ho Chi Minh

Thomas Jefferson to Ho Chi Minh: The Long Road of the Declaration of Independence A Guest Post by Gary Sanders Hostilities between England and the American colonies had been brewing for years, but boiled over in the skirmish between English … Continue reading

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The Most Important Freedom Is The Freedom Of Expression

The Most Important Freedom is the Freedom of Expression By Ralph Scharnau Freedom of expression or speech is the most fundamental right in the United States. It means citizens have the right to freely express themselves and their opinions. Although … Continue reading

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We’ve Got To Do Something

Over the weekend Erin Murphy, a Lee Enterprises Des Moines-based reporter, said it was quiet in Iowa’s congressional primary races. “Perhaps in the coming weeks and months, some of these quieter primary races will become more crowded,” Murphy wrote in … Continue reading

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Independence Day 2019

Happy Independence Day… reluctantly. I’ve not been a fan of the Independence Day holiday since military service. It’s not that I paid much attention to it previously. As a military officer I had time to reflect on the meaning of … Continue reading

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Prairie Dog’s Summer Reading List 2018

Reprinted with permission from the Summer 2018 issue of The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter. The Prairie Progressive is funded entirely by reader subscription, available only in hard copy for $12/yr. Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa City … Continue reading

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Help For Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A lot of pixels have been spilled over the primary election win of Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on June 26. Regardless of the methods of her election or her platform — or the buzz around beating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in … Continue reading

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Republicans Shell The Democratic Party

“The objective is to destroy the coherence of the enemy’s defense, to fragment and isolate enemy units in the zone of attack, and to secure operationally decisive objectives.” U.S. Army Field Manual No. 3-09.22 The political battlefield changed during the … Continue reading

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Can Hipsters Live With Congolese Cobalt?

The lithium ion battery is becoming ubiquitous. These rechargeable, portable batteries power our mobile phones, tablets, laptops and cars, providing longer battery life, low self-discharge, better recharge life and comparatively low weight. Many of us take these benefits for granted, … Continue reading

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