Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): Social Media Authoritarianism Threatens Democracy

Senator Susan Collins, Republican from Maine: "We live in a time of such great disunity as the bitter fight over this (Kavanaugh) nomination both in the Senate and among the public clearly demonstrates. It is not merely a case of different groups having different opinions. It is a case of people bearing extreme ill will... Continue Reading →


A Speech Resonates: Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME), Profile in Courage Against Joe McCarthy

In June, 1950, a freshman Republican senator from the state of Maine took her political life in her hands by challenging a hateful demagogue, fellow Republican Senator Joe McCarthy. Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995), the first and only woman to serve in the US Senate for many years, offered a "Declaration of Conscience" that has become... Continue Reading →

Authoritarianism and Child-Rearing

In times of rapid change or fear of anarchy,law-breaking and/or terrorism, when perceptions of "who we are" as a people seem to be changing, when the old rules of society seem to be breaking down, and old dreams seem no longer possible, reactionary forces are attracted to authoritarianism. This was certainly true after the passage... Continue Reading →

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