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If you are English and someone says to you: "The French are your brothers," your first instinctive feeling will be: "Nonsense, they shrug their shoulders and talk French. And I am even told that they eat snails." If he explains to you that we may have to fight the Russians, that, if so, it will be desirable to defend the line of the Rhine, and that, if the line of the Rhine is to be defended, the help of the French is essential, you will begin to see what he means when he says that the French are your brothers. But if some fellow-traveler were to go on to say that the Russians also are your brothers, he would be unable to persuade you, unless he could show that we are in danger from the Martians.

Bertrand Russell
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1950
 


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NEW:   Russia: An Appreciation.    "Russia bashing," a favorite pastime of media and politicians a generation ago, is back in style.  The consequences could be deadly.  Here is an antidote, based upon common historical knowledge and on personal experience.

NEW:  Thinking Like a Russian.  The rule is as old as human war and conflict: If you are to prevail, you must know the mind of your adversary. Accordingly, if the current conflict with Russia over Ukraine and Crimea is to end peacefully, both sides must diligently strive to understand the minds and motivations of their opponents.

REPRISE:  What About the Russians?  Personal Encounters. Though constantly preoccupied, like all Americans, with "the Soviet Menace," in the early days of the Cold War, I rarely encountered a "real live Russian," much less a Russian communist. That changed dramatically in the Nineties when, as a professor of philosophy (environmental ethics) I was invited to numerous conferences abroad, and travelled to Russia seven times.

OmiGawd, Not Another Cold War!  A Letter to My Russian Friends.  As a frequent traveler to Russia, I have followed the chilling of relations between the governments of Russia and the United States with great regret and foreboding, sentiments that I have been eager to share with my Russian friends. Below is an open letter to those friends, written in 2008 during the conflict between Russia and Georgia.

Conscience of a Progressive.
A Book in Progress
 


Bernard Weiner: 

NEW:   Cutting Through Fukushima Fog: Radiation in U.S.?  If the reactor-meltdown disaster at the Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima is as dire as much of the evidence suggests -- a "ticking time bomb" now with more radiation crossing the Pacific by air and ocean -- what can the U.S. and international community do to mitigate the worst effects?

REPRISE:   Drifting Toward Catastrophe: A Seven-Headed Beast:.  "This country, humanity, the globe are rushing pell-mell to disaster, mostly by neglecting what needs to be done while we're diddling with the political minutiae. This tendency to avoid the obvious larger questions reminds one of the thrust of Albert Einstein's famous quote: "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe." (First posted January 26, 2010)



Guest Essay: Reid Tanaka:
Shedding Some Light on the Fukushima Fog

Archive of Guest Essays



Ernest Partridge's Blog:  Climate Change: The Debate Continues.

Bernard Weiner's Blog:  A series of encounters over the weekend emphasized the necessity and strength of community and the principle of the "public good," a concept that is anathema to so many conservative Republicans.  All that plus George Clooney in "Up in the Air.