America’s Original Sin

W.J. Astore I’m a Catholic, so of course I know all about Original Sin.  For disobeying God and tasting the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden.  Eve would suffer the pains of childbirth, and both she and Adam would age and die, their earthly bodies returning to the…

The 2016 Presidential Frolic Is Here

Michael Brenner The roulette wheel that is Presidential politics is spinning faster now that we are only one year and eight months from election day. Bets are being placed as the main stakeholders look to their future financial and career investments. The media play to the hilt this longest running spectacle that our pop culture…

Uncle Sam Does Not Want You

Matthew Jacobson.  Introduction by William Astore. America has always postured as being open to immigrants – of the right kind, that is.  Posturing becomes imposture when those immigrants are judged to be the “wrong kind” by prevailing groups.  Matthew Jacobson reminds us of this in this satirical list, and poses a telling question at the…

The Injustice of Justice

Richard Sahn I was appalled by Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis of the decision of the grand jury in the Darren Wilson indictment hearings. Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN is a former prosecutor as well as defense attorney. The reason the DA,  Robert McCulloch, did not prosecute Darren Wilson during the hearings was because, Toobin says,…

Giving Thanks to Our Readers

b. traven and W.J. Astore Thank you, thank you, thank you.  In only eighteen months since starting this blog, we’ve reached the 100,000 “hits” milestone and are approaching 300 followers.  We also have nearly 200 “likes” on our Facebook page without the benefit of paid advertising. To readers of and contributors to The Contrary Perspective blog:…