Would you rather be safe or free?

(It’s funny what 22 years can do to something you wrote. This chapter, incorporating two newspaper columns I wrote back in the day, may be the most chilling bit in my book Refuse to be Afraid.) Would you rather be safe or free? It’s been the central question in the United States of America forContinue reading “Would you rather be safe or free?”

Maybe the squirrel is not the problem

I started to write something along the lines of “Quit whining about everything that’s wrong with the world and set your mind free,” and I caught myself up short. Who am I, after all, to tell other people how to live their lives? When I’m thinking straight, I refuse to “tell” other people how toContinue reading “Maybe the squirrel is not the problem”

Freedom and the things of state

This is the final entry in my latest journal, covering mid-September to the end of January. It’s been a tumultuous fall and winter “out there.” The bolshevik revolution is in full swing, and who knows how much longer I’ll be able to write and speak my mind? At least as long as people manufacture booksContinue reading “Freedom and the things of state”

This is what freedom of speech sounds like

Circling back to something I wrote the other day. I’m not afraid to give voice to idiots with addled brains, because I believe in a marketplace of ideas the idiots will be seen for what they are, no matter how loudly they shout. To go a step further, sometimes someone who appears to be anContinue reading “This is what freedom of speech sounds like”