Exercising Our Right to Self-Determination

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Self-determination:free choice of one's own acts or states without external compulsion-Merriam-Webster Dictionary Nothing prevents self-determination. Nothing. You decide who you are by what you do. Photo by Autumn Goodman on Unsplash Blaming our situation on the past prevents us from succeeding in the present. And we cannot hold ourselves accountable for who we are or… Continue reading Exercising Our Right to Self-Determination

The Bleeding Few and the Oblivious Many

On this Veterans Day, I recommend Breach of Trust by Andrew Bacevich. The author posits that our reliance on 0.7% of the American population to carry out all our military efforts undermines our decision-making, our leadership, and our principles since nobody else has “skin in the game.” The Vietnam War was fought by American actors,… Continue reading The Bleeding Few and the Oblivious Many

On the Front Line: a Border Patrol Officer Speaks

Order of Man Podcast: Protect / Provide / Preside There are good people, who are making valid claims, that will go through the process the way it should be, but there's also those who are exploiting that particular loophole.Jason Owens Ryan Michler talks with Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Customs and Border… Continue reading On the Front Line: a Border Patrol Officer Speaks

Agree to Disagree: Challenging Our Assumptions

Have you read anything here you disagreed with? Great! It means you are hearing another viewpoint—congratulations—and I am reaching a varied audience. Your viewpoint is valuable. It’s hard to say and to hear “I don’t agree with you” because we all just want to get along. However, meaty, memorable conversations have a civil back-and-forth with… Continue reading Agree to Disagree: Challenging Our Assumptions

Hunted for Trying to Protect the People: an Edward Snowden interview on Intercepted podcast

Listen to interview http://www.stitcher.com/s If the jury, if the American people, are forbidden from considering whether the crime itself is revealing the government's crime, how do you have a fair trial if the jury can't ask the question: well, who exactly is the real criminal here?" Whatever you think of Edward Snowden and his actions,… Continue reading Hunted for Trying to Protect the People: an Edward Snowden interview on Intercepted podcast