Introduction to “Why Bother?’

Why Bother, in a wonderfully engaging and erudite manner, addresses the great question confronting democracy, community and justice -- and that is civic motivation. Prepare to be motivated. Sam Smith is an antidote to mindless speed reading. He makes you pause between paragraphs in order to mull over the captivating morsels he is placing in … Continue reading Introduction to “Why Bother?’

Notes on the end of the First American Republic

In 2003 I initially suggested that the First American Republic was over. Although the idea has gained credibility in some progressive circles, it remains unimaginable to traditional media, politicians and academics. Instead, there has been a bounce in talk of American “exceptionalism” even though when America was, in fact, exceptional it seldom used the term. … Continue reading Notes on the end of the First American Republic

A historian’s view of now (written sometime in the future)

From our overstocked archives Sam Smith, 2012 - One good way to step away from the daily news and try to figure out what’s really going on is to imagine oneself as an historian returning to this time some decades hence. What might you see as having happened in the years since Reagan’s inauguration?  Here … Continue reading A historian’s view of now (written sometime in the future)

The real World War III: Corporations vs. nationhood

Sam Smith The recent IMF loans to Ukraine with their dictatorial provisions are one more example of the world’s concealed great war, which is to say the massive invasion of nationhood by corporations. Far more dangerous than any current military threat, corporations have already taken huge territories, legal and financial as well as geographical. Our … Continue reading The real World War III: Corporations vs. nationhood