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Rites of passage

By Nathan Barton Almost all organizations have certain rites of initiation, requiring people joining to do certain things.  Sometimes, it is just a membership fee or dues, or even just identifying with the group.  Other times it is an elaborate … Continue reading

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The 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War

By Nathan Barton In just a few days, on 11 November 2018, we will observe the 100th anniversary of the armistice taking affect at 1100 hours (Central European War Time) of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, which “ended” … Continue reading

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The corruption of government spreads

By Nathan Barton “Power corrupts.  And absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton Today, we take government corruption for granted. Indeed, government corruption has been a feature (NOT a defect) of government since Nimrod started his little empire in Mesopotamia … Continue reading

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Who is in charge?

By Nathan Barton Bear with me: this is going to start on a religious note, but we’ll soon get to the political and societal side of things. More and more, as I study the Bible and religious matters, by myself … Continue reading

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Is it government’s duty to control weeds? (Part I)

By Nathan Barton A correspondent recently asked me an interesting question.  Is it government’s duty to protect us from weeds?  Is it government’s job to control weeds? Although he was asking the question regarding a particular subject, in reality, there … Continue reading

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The priorities of government

By Nathan Barton (Note: This, in a shorter version, was originally a response to a comment to my commentary “The Art of the Deal – January 2018.”) What are the priorities of government?  Of government agencies?  Of government employees? Of … Continue reading

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Fame, wealth, and power, and the greatest of these is… (Part 2 – dealing with predators)

By Nathan Barton In part 1, I tried to dissect this current rash of exposing and (supposedly) punishing sexual predators. Although sexual predation (and abuse) are endemic in human society, those in power, with wealth and influence, and who are … Continue reading

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