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As some of you know, I have several health issues. The last few weeks have been especially hard for me. I am not admitting this to gain sympathy. I want you to understand why I might not wave while … more
 Most of y’all know I was born and raised in White County. I love my hometown, and I missed it during the years I was gone. I left in 2005 for grad school, in Illinois, and returned, in … more
School is back in session, in White County, as of last week.  A few days ago, I overheard a conversation between several individuals at Walmart. I silently stood as they said the vilest things … more
 Almost every day, there seems to be a new story about President Joe Biden falling or saying something outlandish. The 80-year-old politician has always been known for gaffs and for regularly … more
I realize I still need to wrap this series up and tie it all together. I need a coda, if you will. First, I will briefly summarize the whole series of columns, distilling it down into a single … more
For those who have been reading Troy Smith’s series on “Dispossessing the Poor” waiting for my response, here we go. Troy’s representation of history is accurate but skewed by … more
 A few weeks ago, I talked about agrarianism versus industrial capitalism and the fact that by 1800 many people had come to regard subsistence farmers as - not quite civilized. This was because … more
I recently shared online an opinion editorial by Michael A. Cohen, of MSNBC, in which he falsely claimed that the Supreme Court’s latest rulings are examples of judicial activism. Judicial … more
I have written five installments about the history of labor and capitalism and have not mentioned slavery. I’m mentioning it now, because it played such a role in both capitalism and labor for … more
 So far in this series of columns, I’ve asserted several points. By 1800, many people believed that anyone who existed outside the prevailing economic system, by being self-sufficient, was … more
I have struggled to write anything for this opinion column the last few days. There are many things that I could complain about, and I am at no loss for groups or individuals who deserve to have … more
 In a 2022 survey, about 68 percent of Americans responded that they were Christians. In 2010, Christians represented about 75 percent of those questioned. Over 90 percent of Americans … more
Before I expand this series into Appalachia, I want to look closer at some of the prevailing arguments by 18th century philosophers about labor and wealth. Most educated people in England and … more
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