What I wrote about monuments and totems in 2002 (when I was liberal)

Chapter I Monuments, Totems and the Veneratio Antiquitatis The prologue of the Passion of Perpetua and Felicity, a narrative about the martyrdom of two Christian women in Africa in 202 CE, begins with this statement about the nature of a text’s authority and its antiquity: If the old exemplars of faith, which testify to the…

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On Not Loving Monuments. This is what I wrote ten years ago

It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since I wrote this paper. I was on my way out of the military at the time. I presented this at an Ethnic Studies conference in early 2011.             After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. showed a dramatic change in…

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Conspiracy as theory and practice: How much of 2020 has been pure coincidence?

“Conspiracy theorist!” Like the now-banned words “retard” and “lunatic,” the charge of conspiracy theorist is a classically Soviet slur. It is designed to make you think that your judgement is so distorted that nothing you conclude about the world could possibly be real. “Conspiracy theorist” is akin to calling someone an enemy of peace and…

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