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Dealing with the Russian bear

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Mike Ungersma argues the West may have made   fundamental mistakes in confronting Putin’s Russia “Russia is unlucky with timing. Everything that happened 150, 200 years ago in other countries is happening here as we speak.  You guys had your civil wars in long-ago centuries. The last murder of your king was in 1649.  We […]

The Tyranny of Form

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A Footnote to Plato The word does not forget where has been and can never wholly free itself from the dominion of the contexts of which it has been a part.                                                                               Mikhail Bakhtin We have Plato to thank for the way we view the world around us.  Often regarded as the founder of political […]

Anything Goes

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  Is there a connection between the rise of right wing parties in Europe and America, and the devaluation of and the debasement of our languages?  Mike Ungersma thinks there may be a link Words. They are stones shaped to the hand. Fling them accurately. They are horses. Bridle them; they’ll run away with you. […]

An American in Paris

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On the eve of Donald Trump’s arrival in Paris, Mike Ungersma recalls the first visit by an American President His achievements were many – The first President to visit Europe while in office The first President with an earned doctorate degree The first President to hold press regular conferences The first President to win the […]

Adrift on a Sea of Cultures

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Can Europeans learn anything from America’s experience with immigrants? Mike Ungersma argues there is much to be gained. What happens if we place a drop of red dye into a beaker of clear water? Do we have clear water plus a spot of red dye? Obviously not. We have a new coloration to every molecule […]

Europe’s Halting Struggle Towards Federation

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In theory, building a tall structure has no upper limit.  Given a sufficiently large base resting on bedrock, the right materials and deep pockets, a skyscraper could literally reach the upper atmosphere and even beyond.  This architectural fact was discovered millennia ago, but only came into its own in the period of Europe’s great Gothic […]

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