Life in a Time of Covid-19: Local, Private Joys and Separate Politics

We are now in a time of public collapse, known as "social distancing." Perhaps anti-social distancing is a more accurate label. Our global economy is proving to be more fragile than we expected. And it seems there are limits to what our scientific knowledge and technology can accomplish: we are vulnerable to viruses, be they … Continue reading Life in a Time of Covid-19: Local, Private Joys and Separate Politics

Dem Primary:”Look! A Billionaire vs. a Socialist!”

Democrats in 2019, to beat Trump in 2020: "Biden or Warren?" Biden, according to polls, beats Trump by the largest margin, especially in crucial swing states. Warren, however, is more liberal, intellectual, younger, has excellent grasp of policy and many plans, appeals to women, would be our first female president. . . also competitive with … Continue reading Dem Primary:”Look! A Billionaire vs. a Socialist!”

The Pacific Returns for 2020

After a long retreat, a deep ebb tide of silence, the Pacific blog returns to regular publication for this momentous political year. The Pacific will remain "a still small voice" in the vast ocean of digital detritus, providing discriminating readers with shorter prose pieces on politics, literature and religion, as well as the occasional original … Continue reading The Pacific Returns for 2020

Why I am a “bleeding-heart liberal”

To be "liberal" is to be "open to new ideas" and "favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms." Given the above definition, can a true liberal be a promoter or defender of that most ancient flaw of humanity--war? Is such a thing as a "liberal hawk" logical or possible? One of the oldest … Continue reading Why I am a “bleeding-heart liberal”