Category Archives: Don Gavitte

Let’s Unpack “the Personal Is Political”

  This morning brought, on the usual disreputable websites, the appearance of another disapproving look, this time by a military historian, of the past two Presidential administrations.  Andrew Bracevich the author of America’s War for the Middle East: A Military History, in … Continue reading

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The Emptiness of the ‘Trump Is Not a Fascist’ Boast

This blog has already pointed out the narcissistic assurance of liberal commentators claiming to know in advance what’s going to happen, right after having the roof fall in, last November 8th. Before us we have yet another example, one Kenneth … Continue reading

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We Were Never Data-driven

  I’m retired, after more than twenty years full-time teaching in high school, in Portland Public Schools.  During that time, and with greater and greater urgency toward the end of my tenure, we were continually beseeched, as teachers, to do … Continue reading

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The March on Rome, American Style

In 1922 the first fascist dictator known to the history of twentieth-century Europe announced, more or less arbitrarily but not without some degree of armed and determined supporters, that he, Benito Mussolini, was the choice of the Italian people to … Continue reading

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Neighboring Jurisdiction Screws Jill Stein

Longtime readers of this blog may recall that I received the link to Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News [the latest issue, dated 1 March, arrived today] from a retiring woman, not before making a pledge of eternal silence as to her … Continue reading

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What Is the Islamic State, in Historical Perspective?

The eminent twentieth-century British historian Arnold Toynbee observed in his 1948 Civilization on Trial (pp. 164-187 of the 1971 paperback edition) that, once the Westernizers [whom he labels “Herodians”, after the loyal-to-Rome king of Judea in Jesus’ time] and the … Continue reading

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Seth the Chauffeur

Four people gathered on a rainy evening at Random Order cafe, but the weekly meeting of the Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party was important since Seth Woolley was in attendance. Dave Westerlund, Charlotte Miller, and Your Intrepid Reporter … Continue reading

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