Entries by Jonathan Sawyer

Democratizing “Democracy” in the World of Woke

Prologue Democracy (from the Greek Demos [people] and Kratos [rule]:  Demokratia) is a system of government in which people first expressed themselves and their wishes by means of elected or chosen representatives. It originated in ancient Athens—in the sixth century B. C. to be precise and lasted until approximately 338 B. C.–where all citizens had […]

Faith and Logic: dueling masters over the years

Once upon a time in the distant and not so distant past there was a privileged caste of scholarly notables and monastic scribes who oversaw, in written form, the power of knowledge and proper thinking and thrived apart from the less prescient masses below–those who muddled along in thought-free mediocrity, or so those above believed.  In […]

Wach auf!  Wach auf!  Arise!  Arise!

The swollen waves of dislodged souls Are rushing to our shores; Like flood waters tainted with despair They crest our tall fences at the border And empty willy-nilly onto foreign soil. Abetting voices lift in unison and trumpet to the downtrodden many: Run toward freedom, slaves of poverty no more, Flee your hostile enclaves from […]