Monthly Archives: March 2015

THE WORLD’S TROUBLES DIFFER LITTLE FROM 29 B.C. TO 2009 A.D. by Perry Mann

THE WORLD’S TROUBLES DIFFER LITTLE FROM 29 B.C. TO 2009 A.D. “Gods of our fathers, of our country, and thou Romulus, and Vesta, mother who keepest Tuscan Tiber and the Roman Palatine, forbid not at least that this our prince … Continue reading

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THE FAR-RIGHT’S RELATIVISM by Perry Mann

THE FAR-RIGHT’S RELATIVISM The Far-Right talks absolutes. It believes that every word in the Bible is the word of God and thus is inerrant. It also believes that Jesus is the Son of God and of the same substance as … Continue reading

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WALLS OFTEN ARE HARMFUL TO HUMANITY by Perry Mann

WALLS OFTEN ARE HARMFUL TO HUMANITY “America’s current immigration debate has led to misinterpretations of Robert Frost by proponents of Fortress America. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., was among those proclaiming that ‘good fences make good neighbors,’ borrowing from Frost’s poem, … Continue reading

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THE COSTS OF CONSISTENCY by Perry Mann

THE COSTS OF CONSISTENCY Every virtue can be practiced to a fault. Frugality can become avarice. Courage can become recklessness. Devoutness become sanctimony. Wariness, paranoia. Enthusiasm, fixation. And consistency can turn into inflexibility, and worse, dogmatism—the fuel of zealotry. Every … Continue reading

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THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT WOULD BE HAPPIER ON THE LAND by Perry Mann

Julian. Here is 150. I will look around to see if I would add another. Enjoy the sun and warmth. Today [March 12] I am 94 years on this earth. I have had a good life. A number of events I would … Continue reading

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WORST PROPHECY OF THE CENTURY? by Perry Mann

WORST PROPHECY OF THE CENTURY? In 2001 Time magazine judged as the worst prophecy of the century, so far, was by Karl Marx: “Capitalist production begets, with the inexorability of a law of nature, its own negation.” And Time added: … Continue reading

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Osborne’s Store and Blair Mountain

Osborne’s Store and Blair Mountain [This was submitted to Goldenseal Magazine but rejected because of the Blair Mountain content.] Osborne’s store was our favorite place when, in 1975, we moved from Charleston to Griffithsville. Harnesses, shotguns, tools, plows, bulk nails, … Continue reading

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MANKIND’S CONTRACT WITH MEPHISTOPHELES by Perry Mann

MANKIND’S CONTRACT WITH MEPHISTOPHELES In the Faust legend, Faust contracts with the Mephistopheles, the Devil by another name. Faust’s consideration is his soul and the Devil’s consideration is that Faust will have youth, knowledge and magical power. In modern terms, … Continue reading

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Capitalism is an Un-system

My Op-Ed in the Charleston Gazette, today March 9, 2015             In 1956, WVU engineering students were required to take an introductory economics class. Proudly packing slide rules, hanging like six-shooters from our belts, we trooped over to the building … Continue reading

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JEFFERSON CONTRADICTS THE CLAIM OF THE CHRISTIANS by Perry Mann

JEFFERSON CONTRADICTS THE CLAIM OF THE CHRISTIANS If one has been cognizant of religious matters for the past twenty years, he is aware that Christian Fundamentalists consider this nation to be a Christian Nation. As evidence they often offer the … Continue reading

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