Len’s Letters #13  Forget the Horse Race

Democrats are accused of a kind of elitism. Meritocratic elites. Members of a meritocratic elite who, perhaps, don’t quite deserve their place. Did they get a head start in the race?Did they get a head start because they were rich? Were their families members of a financial elite. Multi-millionaires. Billionaires. People who really give you a head start.

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Len’s Letter #11 Tara’s Terror, Tara Westover’s “Educated”

Depressed, Tara Westover, an escapee from her survivalist, evangelical parents, was reading John Stuart Mill. At Trinity College, Cambridge on a fellowship. He described women as having “been coaxed, cajoled, shoved, and squashed into a series of feminine contortions for so many centuries, that it is now quite impossible to define their natural abilities or aspirations.”

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Len’s Letter #10 Amazon

About twenty-five years ago, ten years before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court approved same sex marriage, a group that looks very much like the current Family Diversity Projects (FDP) was encouraging Massachusetts schools to display some family photographs. The displays, the the FDP’s displays were called Love Makes a Family. The not legally married spouses in these large-scale photographs were of the same sex.

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021319 Len’s Letter #9 The very worst Republicans

Last fall, the New York Metropolitan Republican Club, neighbors of ours, invited Gavin McInnis and the Proud Boys to put on a little play for them. The play recalled the murder of a Japanese socialist. The play was followed by a brawl as the Proud Boys attacked protesters. Along with a few other members of the East River Democratic Club, in extreme cold, we protested against the election of the man who invited the Proud Boys as President of the New York Metropolitan Republican Club.

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