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Michele Goldberg

The Multiple Benefits of Treating Women as Humans

"Women's rights are a harmonizing and stabilizing force." Michelle Goldberg asserts that this is the case in the face of continuing efforts by one of America's principal political parties to undermine these rights.

Ms. Goldberg is an investigative journalist and author of The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World. Her prior book, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. She is a former senior writer at Salon.com and among the many who have published Ms. Goldberg’s work are The New Republic, The Nation, Glamour and Rolling Stone magazines in the U.S. and The Guardian in the U.K.  She has taught at New York University’s graduate school of journalism. Ms. Goldberg earned her graduate degree at the University of California - Berkeley.


The Future Ain't What It Used to Be

After 92 years of production, the Sullivan Mine in southeastern British Columbia closed in 2001. The closing was not a surprise; but it was a shock.

Over its history, the mine produced $20 billion of zinc, lead and silver. The town in which the mine was located was named Kimberley after the diamond mine in South Africa. The new city hoped that the mine would produce as much wealth. It did and more. For much of its existence, Kimberley was a classic company town.


What happens to a company town when the company closes? It depends on who lives there. Responses range from "Will the last person leaving turn out the lights" to "this is an excellent opportunity to create something new, something better."



At the end of The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner says of Dilsey: "She endured." Twenty-one years later in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Faulkner said of humanity "It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure .... I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail." What does that mean to a town facing its own demise? One answer, next time.


Paula's regular commentary is available on The Huffington Post. New Post added March 29: Creating the History You Want to Share:


... When I hear a defensive "...but I'm just one person" or a wimped-out "what I do doesn't matter," I invoke the justly famous image of John Lewis on the Pettus Bridge: A physically slight, very young man looking as if he were Daniel leading ... (more)


AND This: Charles Darwin and the SunMine

What do evolution and a determined citizenry in a little city you've never heard of have to do with the future of civilization? ... (more)


AND This

November 3: Enough Already

...do whatever is necessary to craft a Supreme Court which understands how corrosive money is to the political process, a Court which is not willfully naive about the corrupting power of money, a Court which will overturn Citizens United and ... (more)


AND This:

November 2: The Peoples' Business Isn't Business 

...(I)t is no stretch to paraphrase Lincoln in describing a struggle seemingly endemic to our experiment in liberty: "Now we are engaged in an appallingly uncivil campaign, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so ..." (more)


AND This:

October 27:  Amanda v Goliath$

"Government" is a self-governing people's operating system. It makes it possible for us to live together under the law and, oh yes, get schools, roads and pollution control and a whole lot more in the bargain. It's ... (more)


AND This:

October 19:  Ebola—It Didn't Have to Be Like This:

We knew that Republican attacks on science and scientist were damaging our communities and our futures. Ebola and Republicans' Chicken Little responses are today's headline ... (more).


AND This:

October 15: The People v Goliath$:

If money can buy elections, Montana's Senate race ended August 7 when the Democrat's candidate resigned. If a vibrant young working class candidate can corral the democratic process sufficiently, it began August 16. That's when the party picked Amanda Curtis to take on a Koch Brother darling ... (more).


An increasing number of our

Conversations With People at the Leading Edge(SM)

are now available in video as well as audio.

Here are some samples:


In August, 2010 we recorded five hours of video with Janos Starker (see above). At the end of July, his daughter, Gabriella Starker and other friends produced A Celebration of Janos Starker in Memories and Music in Toronto. We excerpted ten minutes from those recording to honor the event and Mr. Starker's Legacy:

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