John Paul Jones and Black Lives Matter

b. traven In 1959, retired Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning biography of navel commander, John Paul Jones.  Jones was probably the most provocative, shrewd, and aggressive Revolutionary War commander, helping secure the independence of our country from Great Britain.  Although born in rural Scotland, Jones was apprenticed at age 13…

War, Like Slavery, Sabotages Humanity

Nile Stanton Back in the age when slavery was deemed acceptable by many people, it was no doubt more widely and readily accepted by slave owners and those in the numerous businesses that financially profited from it.  I imagine that shipping businesses that profited from transporting slaves were deemed vital and in the national interest,…

Hope You’re Enjoying Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend

W.J. Astore In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  And he discovered a new world.  New to him, of course, and his fellow Europeans, not to the indigenous peoples already living there.  Yes, Columbus gets too much credit for that “discovery.”  Yes, he and his fellow Europeans were incredibly ambitious, often vicious, and not overly…