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Emerson, Trump, & Hearts of Steel

Ralph Waldo Emerson, living at the time of the American Renaissance in the early 1800’s, wrote: “Good-nature is plentiful, but we want justice with a heart of steel, to fight down the proud.” He was encouraging people to stand up and fight injustice wherever they found it, and to unflinchingly oppose the arrogance of power. […]

Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-Outerism/A Reading

Abby Kelley Foster. Chances are you never heard her name before.  She was an early abolitionist and campaigner for full African-American and women’s rights, and one of the great women of our American past. Her life and struggles and experiences are so applicable to our own turbulent times; and her call to “come out!” is […]

Civil War in America

America has always provoked a Civil War. It is the nature of the ideal: brotherhood, sisterhood, equality, compassion like a river surging through blood-soaked fields. War at each moment, within our very own breasts.  Shall we advance? Staring defeat in the face, to muster courage and go for what has never yet been given birth […]


Borders, walls, immigration – who are we? Identities locked in death throes, destined for obliteration. The world around is mirroring our mind’s chaos. _____________________________________ James Hilgendorf , filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books, is holding talks, readings and conversations in-person and online about the real, emerging dream of America. To learn […]

Trump, The Stock Market, Tax Reform & The American Dream

Our country has reached the apogee of the American Dream. The stock market is roaring, new heights almost weekly.  Tax reform has sent trillions of dollars to the most affluent of our citizens.  Daily, President Donald Trump is releasing all controls on the dammed up flood of investment and money flowing to new oil drilling […]

Traveling to a New America Stops at Berkeley Book Fair

“Traveling to a New America” appeared this past weekend at the Berkeley Book Fair in Berkeley, California.  I was there with my wife Elizabeth.  Each year, the event draws thousands of people interested in new books and ideas. This year and next, I will be traveling to towns and cities all across America, meeting and […]

Republicans, Trump, and others “Left Behind”

Evangelicals proudly point to the series of “Left Behind” books, which former televangelist Jerry Falwell called “In terms of its impact on Christianity, it’s probably greater than that of any other book in modern times, outside the Bible.” The war in these books is between the Tribulation Force, the good guys marching towards the apocalypse […]

Envy, Racism & Democracy in Trump-Time

I was in a food store recently, standing next in line behind a young black woman who was checking out some items.  Her behavior was rather uncontrolled, her voice loud as she spoke to a friend seemingly, several feet away.  Her language bespoke a lack of education, and her appearance – disheveled jeans, and a […]

Last Gasp of a Dying White/Christian Order

So Donald Trump comes out today vowing to unleash the shackles of  political participation on behalf of religious (aka Christian, most notably Evangelical) groups. It is just the latest (and will certainly not be the last) attempt to resurrect the buried hopes and dreams of a dying, gasping segment of America that has been smouldering […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Vallejo, CA.

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Keisha.  Vallejo, California. __________________________ Keisha, are you from this area originally? “I grew up in East Oakland, one of the roughest neighborhoods.  I moved my children here 16 years ago.  I raised all five of my children here.  My son just passed away from cancer […]