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America & the Gods of War & Gold

We have lavished our money and resources upon everything but the people. Wars, Afganistan, Irag, trillions of dollars, devastating our economy, destroying the future of our youth, enriching the coffers of munitions manufacturers, builders of atomic and hydrogen bombs, helicopters, tanks, automatic rifles, armored personnel carriers, we are in perpetual war, supported by a war […]

Black and White

Nelson Mandela survived twenty-seven years in a jail cell. Have you spent even one day and night in jail?  Twenty-seven years was truly an eternity. The incomprehensible thing is how he managed to maintain his humanity amid this desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African sun […]

Elise Boulding

Elise Boulding was an internationally known scholar and activist in the arena of peace. Born in Oslo, Norway in 1920, she came to the United States with her family when she was three.  Her mother was homesick for Norway, and told Elise stories of Norway that made the young girl think of Norway as a […]

Angelina Grimke – Southern Abolitionist

Born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1805, Angelina Grimke was born into a distinguished family, her father being a judge, lawyer, politician and the owner of a thriving cotton plantation with scores of slaves.  She was the youngest of thirteen children. As she grew up, she began to struggle with the issue of slavery.  She […]

Abraham Lincoln & Donald Trump

I’ve just finished rereading Carl Sandburg’s great biography, Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years and The War Years. What Lincoln meant to the American people was shown by Lincoln’s final journey across the country by railroad car from the East Coast to Springfield, Illinois, where he was buried.  Along the journey, millions of people turned out […]

The Task of Creating Your Own Life

“Words of Wisdom” by Daisaku Ikeda. _____________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Daisaku Ikeda – Unknown Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Just before the most recent Nobel Peace Prize was announced, CNN ran a piece listing ten people as possible leading nominees.  One of these people was Daisaku Ikeda. I imagine many readers, upon seeing his face and name, would have reacted with a puzzled look of non-recognition.  Who is this man? Daisaku Ikeda is not […]

Bernie Sanders & The Revolution

Bernie Sanders, in running for the office of President of the United States of America, talks of revolution. By revolution, he means drawing many more people into the political process, and then standing up together against the monied interests – the banks and Wall Street – that have consolidated their economic power and are consciously […]

O Beautiful For Patriot Dream

After listening to Barack Obama, our President, give his State of the Union message this evening, I began recalling the words and stanzas of our great national song, America the Beautiful, and especially the last chorus: O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! […]

Lincoln’s Greatest Fear

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins near the end of the civil war, wrote: “We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.  It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood.  It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I […]