Patriotism

Americans are not uniquely patriotic, but many of us express the patriotism common to citizens of empires throughout history. This patriotism equates happiness with military and economic might. This patriotism unironically claims that ours is the best country, not just in the modern world, but in the history of the world. This patriotism is about…

We can heal…if we reach for one another.

Our American society has developed a commitment to the primacy of the individual human actor. We valorize the man who -- we imagine -- goes it alone, setting out on his own to make his fortune, whether on the Western prairie or in the urban marketplace. Our national mythology celebrates the Founding Father, the cowboy,…

A real chance to address the climate crisis

This fall, for the first time in a decade, our government has a real chance to take action and address the climate crisis. But our chance is a narrow one. To understand the nature of this moment, it could be helpful to trace how we have learned about this crisis over the past 30 years…

A zealous commitment to stories

Some of us wear our moderation like a badge of honor, as if it represents our intellectual fortitude in discerning the true path between opposing extremes. And in some cases, moderation is a virtue -- in our diet, in our exercise, in caring for our bodies. But when discerning a stance on issues of moral…

Our stories

After the terror of Election Night, the tension of the following days, and the jubilation of Saturday’s call for Biden and Harris, we now contemplate what this election means for our pursuit of justice. We have exiled Trump and his openly racist and xenophobic beliefs from the White House, but more than 70 million Americans…

Cultivating anger

On Friday night, I heard the news -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away. I momentarily felt disbelief, and then a surge of anger. Congressional Republicans would surely use her passing as an opportunity to jam through a right-wing justice. That would further skew the Supreme Court, which may decide on and influence the processes…

On writing

About one year ago, I started this blog as a way of sharing my perspective on racial and climate justice. In some ways, it is a self-indulgence for one more white man to project his voice into the world. At the same time, I believe it is important for us white people to advocate for…

Choosing one another

This essay was created from ideas in two of my previous essays, here and here. It also appeared in the local Oak Park newspaper Wednesday Journal. One month ago, I had no idea what was about to happen. I was spending time with my family, going to work, exercising, playing in a band. I was…