The Hypocrisy of American Security & the US War Machine

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One year ago, on January 3rd, 2020 at 1am local time, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani landed at Iraq’s Baghdad International Airport reportedly hand delivering the Iranian reply to a letter from Iraq attempting to broker a peace between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Upon landing, a US drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani and four others, members of Iraq’s state sponsored Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the military coalition tasked with ridding Iraq of ISIL, the fundamentalist terrorist organization that had invaded an Iraq and committed acts of genocide and crimes against humanity.

General Soleimani, the second most powerful official in the Iranian…


Alleviation of division and suffering by stopping war & war-making

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What can I hope to accomplish by writing my heartfelt thoughts into the void of the Internet? Whenever I start a piece, a swirl of big questions on the usual topics, such as the fate of the world at this singular historical moment, confound a mind seeking answers instead of waiting endlessly at the rhetorical:

How can any of us hope to change the downward path followed by a political and economic Establishment pursuing its interests through war and strife, while the vast majority of us outside the Establishment simply…


Recognizing our connection in helping others through distress

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My previous effort to outline the economic underpinnings of our current problems and arguing for social reengagement to assuage the political divide is rooted in details which many across the American heartland are familiar, but for which those in American cities may be less aware. This divide mirrors a political fault line separating rural and city demographics.

For decades major American cities have seen a vast increase in development, capital infrastructure, and technical innovation which revitalized commerce in areas damaged by the downturns of the 1970’s and 80’s when large manufacturing left big cities for more cheaper labor pools in…


Re-establishing the Public ethics of Care and Justice

I have come to recognize my duty, not simply as an American citizen, but as someone awoken to the immense complexity and seriousness of our current predicament, to give voice to my resolute dissent against the direction the nation has been and is currently being steered, in what seems to be a pivotal moment in American history. We clearly stand on a threshold that threatens all that we hold dear, for the current US Administration lies in wait to prove much worse than what it has promised. …


The question of whether there are ultimate, universal truths typically fall into philosophical or spiritual domains, where for ages great debates over universals have reigned. The ancient greeks looked for universals in the perfect solids of geometry, and in the elements which composed the world around them — Air, Water, Earth and Fire. The force which bound together these elements were conceived of as Love and Strife, polar opposites whose existence were intertwined in a yin/yang complementarity. …


A Simmering Democratic Revolution Against Corporate Control

“The invisible government tends to be concentrated in the hands of the few because of the expense of manipulating the social machinery which controls the opinions and habits of the masses.” ~ Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

White the public continues to be distracted by the endless tweets, gaffes, provocations and ostentatious behavior of the current governmental miasma, we must remind ourselves of several things which we have some vague notion, but yet which is little commented on, much to our detriment.

“The 20th Century is marked by three developments of great historic importance: t he growth of Democracy via the…


If it weren’t so serious and tragic, it would be comical. The devolution of political discourse by the GOP into the failed political sideshow at the RNC is a modern day dark comedy. However, the stakes are high as the American political system hemorrhages from multiple economic, environmental, political and leadership crisis. The failure of American governance is on display during the two main party national conventions leading up to the fall Presidential elections. …


Today must begin a #RevolutionaryLove

LOVE: Balance between Heart and Mind

Violence begets more violence which begets more violence, even revolutionary violence in the name of Liberty. So again do we see yet another horrific example of the spiral of violence in Nice on Bastille Day, which offers such shocking horror, not only to the rest of the world, but to the French people themselves for whom this day is one so full of nationalist pride. However, the saddest part of today lies not with the scores of lives lost and millions more traumatized, but for the millions more to come as a swift reaction from…


How the Heart can hep us stand on the Side of Love

Tonight I attended the first night of my first UUA General Assembly in Columbus OH, traveling here from Denver. I felt compelled to take part in our national GA, to meet other UUs and to find out exactly how we choose to set our agenda for the next year.

I chose to become a Unitarian last year partly because of its commitment to social justice, but also its history of open mindedness, its commitment to rationality and spirituality, and its intellectual tradition over its several hundred year history…


"In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act” ~George Orwell

Last night marked the start Yom Hashoah, the day of remembrance for the millions of Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. While I’m not Jewish, I’m intrigued by Jewish traditions, as they are related to my religious upbringing, especially Kaballah and Yom Kippur. However, I struggle to deal with the double edged sword which confronts anyone critical of Israel, for I’m highly critical of the policies of Israel, which I consider to be engaging in atrocious behavior against the people of Palestine. I…

David Eric Larson

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