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Can We Memorialize Without Monuments?

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By Chris Lowe (August 28, 2017) Can intercultural gardens be an alternative to Confederate monuments to the past? A friend of mine observed that as the movement to remove or relocate Confederate monuments goes on, it will change spaces and create new spaces. The implication is that even while we work on this, we should also be thinking about what…
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Multiple Strategies Needed to Defeat the Racist Right

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By Chris Lowe (August 22, 2017) Which would do more to impede the growth of the racist right, and the attacks on people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and other targets: 1) Mobilizing against “Trump free speech” rallies that the white nationalist right is using to insert themselves into the Tea Party base and spread their rhetoric there, or 2) mobilizing…
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Athena Hates This: Notes on Alt-Right Recruiting In Oregon

By Chris Lowe (June 13, 2017) (Photo:  Flyer found in Eugene, Oregon near the University of Oregon campus) 1) Athena hates this. In the days of the greatness of her city, it was Mediterranean, brown was beautiful, and Europe was the domain of pasty faced barbarians reddened by shame, shyness or anger. In the words of the famous graffito “Wogs…
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Lessons from Trump: Great Wealth in Office is Inherently Corrupt

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By Chris Lowe (May 17, 2017) We watch in awe and dismay Donald Trump’s amazing performance art piece Drunken Juggler President. We prepare to duck and dodge when the next plate in the plate spinning part caroms off toward us, and to groan: Noooo, don’t drop the globe! The details are endlessly fascinating, in that recurring monster movie dream time…
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Is Trump the Cause, or the Sign of, a Deeper Constitutional Crisis?

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By Chris Lowe (May 13, 2017) Since Comey was fired as FBI director, an increasingly widespread meme has emerge in the commentariat, that the U.S. is in “the biggest political crisis since Watergate.” The question this raises is the nature of the crisis. Is it caused by the actions of Donald Trump? In that case, removing him would resolve it….
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How Should Peace Activists Think About Chemical Weapons?

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By Chris Lowe (April 9, 2017) A question for peace and anti-war and international law oriented friends: As I have been thinking about the recent episodes in Syria of the apparent sarin gas attack by the Syrian government and the U.S. bombing in response, I have started to wonder about the way we, or at least the media, talk about…
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Jill Stein Has Convinced Me to Support Hillary

By Chris Lowe (September 22, 2016) Since last year I have toyed with the idea of pursuing a “safe state” strategy if Bernie Sanders did not get the Democratic nomination, i.e. finding ways to support Hillary Clinton in swing states with money or phone banking, while voting for Jill Stein in Oregon because the Green Party platform is basically social…
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Should the Bundy Group in Eastern Oregon Receive Jail Time for Trespassing?

  By Chris Lowe (January 7, 2016) Here is another comparison to think about regarding the group of armed trespassers on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. An 84 year old nun, Megan Rice, was given an almost three year sentence in federal prison for breaking into a US government nuclear facility in an act of civil disobedience.  She eventually served…
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