Monthly Archives: April 2017

John Griffith’s draft resistance

I’ve written several things recently related to Quakers and military conscription.   Yesterday I shared the stories of Don Laughlin and Roy Knight, Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) Friends, who served time in prison for draft resistance. John Griffith, clerk of … Continue reading

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Draft Resister Stories

I recently posted a copy of An Epistle to Friends Concerning Military Conscription.  Two of the men who signed that letter, which explains why those Quakers felt they could not cooperate with the draft (Selective Service System), were Don Laughlin … Continue reading

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Reese Visits North Meadow Friends

I previously wrote about Reese Hamilton, an 8 year old young man who has been acting on things about our society that bother him.  When murder occurred near his home last year, he was deeply affected by the violence and … Continue reading

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An Epistle to Friends Concerning Military Conscription

Although yesterday’s post was intended to be about privilege, the context was war and conscription, specifically the Vietnam War. I was reminded of a letter to Friends on the same subject, that was published earlier than the Richmond Declaration of … Continue reading

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Another Privilege

The following statement was the result of a conference held at Earlham College in 1968, at the time of the Viet Nam War.  I was a student at Scattergood Friends School at the time, and was able to attend this … Continue reading

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100 Days

As the political world focuses on what the new Republican administration has and has not accomplished in its first 100 days, I’m reposting something I wrote last May, during the primary election season, as my own benchmark.  There were a … Continue reading

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Materialism

Martin Luther King often spoke of the three basic roots of injustice: racism, militarism and materialism. From the Gandhian Iceberg, by Chris Moore-Backman: St. Basil put it plainly: “You with a second coat in your closet, it does not belong … Continue reading

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Silence and Icebergs

I have been carrying a deep, spiritual hurt since learning about, and writing about the scope, depth and complexity of the propaganda machines being used and further developed today. To learn of the extremes to which many are willing to … Continue reading

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Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

One of the reasons I’ve become increasingly concerned about our technology culture is because I am learning more and more about how people are being manipulated by it. I have not been paying as much attention to this as I … Continue reading

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Big Brother and Cell Phones

In authoritarian, police states such as ours, one key to controlling the populace is to know the location history and presence of those the state is concerned about especially, and everyone on general principles. Political and social activists, such as … Continue reading

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