Conscientious Objection to Military Taxation: An Open Letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin

Conscientious Objection to Military Taxation: An Open Letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin

Dear Secretary Mnuchin, Congratulations on your recent appointment and confirmation as the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America. Despite your lack of governmental service, I am certain your experience as a hedge fund manager and your tenure as the head of the mortgage securities department at Goldman Sachs will serve you […]

Inappropriate Art?

Inappropriate Art?

As a Professor of philosophy at an art college, I have spent many enjoyable class hours discussing with very talented and enthusiastic art students the nature (definition?) of art and the appropriateness, acceptability, even the ethics, of certain forms of artistic expression. What I’ve come away with after all this discussion is that agreeing on […]

Psychological, Emotional, and Moral Injuries of War

Psychological, Emotional, and Moral Injuries of War

How we characterize the injuries sustained by veterans in war is crucial both to our understanding of the war experience and to the healing process. I have argued elsewhere that to ignore, trivialize or subsume the whole of the veterans’ readjustment difficulties under the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) umbrella as mental illness is misguided and […]

Killing Rats

Killing Rats

As I covered my ears hoping to muffle the pitiful cries, I wondered, perhaps irrationally, if they too scream for their mothers, implore god to let them live, then plead for death to end their suffering.

Scapegoating Another American Veteran

Scapegoating Another American Veteran

As we investigate the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s behavior, as I’m sure we will, let us also investigate the criminality of the REAL war criminals, the ones that are truly responsible for the futile unnecessary, perpetual wars for profit and for the deaths and injuries of thousands of Americans, Afghans, and Iraqis.

Meeting with Enemy

Meeting with Enemy

Though, as a member of Veterans For Peace and a philosophy professor with a focus on war and ethics, I have often discussed my impressions and insights about war and its aftermath in the classroom, at conferences and with civic groups, I had never had such discussions with someone who had been my “enemy.”

Talking with the Christ

Talking with the Christ

The Christ spoke with me last night. I guess you can imagine my surprise when, of all the people in the world he could have spoken to – clergy members, political leaders, Fox “news” commentators, etc. – he chose me. I thought maybe he just needed to rant a bit, to blow off steam. I can certainly understand his frustration given the state of the world and the way his teachings have been ignored, misinterpreted, and exploited by those who claim to be his followers. Or maybe he just wanted to talk with someone he could trust to just listen and not distort his words for their advantage or to the disadvantage of other human beings.

Now That Parades Have Ended

Now That Parades Have Ended

Now that the parades have ended and veterans have enjoyed the “heartfelt gratitude” of an appreciative nation (and a free meal, from a “select menu” at Applebees), I would ask veterans, as they resume their lives of anonymity and neglect, to put aside, for a moment, all the bunk we have been fed over the years from those who were not there.

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