Can We Talk?

“Can we talk?” was originally propounded by Joan Rivers as humorous/confidential alert, with the certainty that the answer would be “Yes.” In the context of the first age of the internet the question becomes more urgent and admits the answer might well be “No.”

A Modest Proposal: Radical Centrism

Amid the battlefield that has been created for us by inviting us to bait and battle our political opponents, I fancy myself striding, gladiator-like, into a no-man’s land below the fireworks to lay down a modest proposal for the rest of us. I’m calling it Radical Centrism. Radical Centrism (RC) recognizes the humanity of all sides, ...

Welcome to Your Front Row Seats at the Apocalypse!

"May you live in interesting times," they say... Well, we do. But it seems we are pitifully powerless to affect the change hurtling toward us. We feel less like the hero in the arena, and more like we just bought front row seats at the Apocalypse! This is a blog for everyone who's interested in ...

Stories We Tell Ourselves

Okay, I’m not trying to be off-putting on my earliest posts, but the concepts of language and narrative that I explain here are central to so many of the posts that follow. So, please ignore or skim this brief detour through philosophy if you choose. I think there’s a peculiar discovery that underlies much of ...

Obama and Racism

Heart of Darkness III Warning: Not for the faint of heart. This post will likely offend some... please stop reading if you can't stand it. I'm not trying to be insulting, only honest. Because of our troubled history in this country with racist thinking in all its disguises (see my LAST POST about systemic racism), ...

Readers React! So What Would YOU Do to Deconstruct Systemic Racism?

Below is a comment I received on my last post about ending system racism. It seems to require a fairly long response. Love to hear from more readers as well... Please comment below. From Shal: "OK, Pat..You are now on the clock..You are President of the US (not king or emperor, mind you) and you ...

Global Corporations; Global Solutions

Radical Centrism Policy Papers 2   I'm sure my three week absence of posts about politics, history and culture has been devastating to my devoted audience. My deepest apologies to both of you. My darkness of the last few weeks was due to the loss of my closest cousin, Sadie. Our love for each other, fostered ...

We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us…

Radical Centrism Papers: It's War. No Less Pt 3 My last two posts HERE and HERE, about fighting against the breakdowns in our political dialogue and institutional crises in our country have drawn a lot of comment and criticism, especially on Facebook. I have decided to handle that in a "Reader Feedback blog" in my ...

Saving the Republic: Choosing and Winning Our Battles

Radical Centrism Papers: It's War. No Less - Part 2 See my Fierce Patriotism  post from last week for the introduction this three part blog series. The concluding post in the series is scheduled for the end of this week and is called We Have Met The Enemy, and He Is Us. It will be a reflection on how each ...

What Does Morality Even Mean Anymore?

Radical Centrism Papers: 2Doesn’t it seem like our nation used to have a true moral compass? That the gathered mass of our people had a more common sense of purpose and destiny? The nation had fewer laws, but it brought individual values into political and business decisions — the quiet web of morals and manners ...

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