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Budgeting Morality

In 1940, the great Californian writer, John Steinbeck, made what may be the best argument for California’s independence: Some time ago a congress of honest men refused an appropriation of several hundreds of millions of dollars to feed our people. … Read More

California Independence is for All Californians

In the wake of the 2016 election, both the California National Party and its call for independence (#freethebear) have picked up a lot of momentum. This leads to the impression that the movement is just an overreaction, a pushback over the … Read More

Trump’s America vs. California

Walking around my small California beach town, it’s become harder and harder to not have a sense of a storm approaching, or a dimming of light, despite the beauty of my surroundings. Nothing has physically changed since the election; there’s … Read More

Separation of Church and State

I was born in sunny SoCal, but spent most of my life in religious states.  My parents returned to Utah the summer before I started Kindergarten.  My siblings were Kenny (12), Laura (11), Joe (9), Peggy (8), and at the … Read More

It’s not ingratitude

Something has been gnawing at me for a week now; well, besides the terrible results of the American presidential election. For someone like me who came to the U.S. when I was 7 years old, fleeing from a cruel civil … Read More

Independence will save us

On November 8th, 2016, millions of Americans consciously, and with deliberate knowledge, voted for the personal embodiment of crony capitalism, anti-democratic values, and public corruption.  Donald J. Trump, through a legal mechanism (the electoral college) and not through a majority … Read More

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