Flynn Johnson

Heartened and inspired by progressive ideals and vision at Democratic convention

I strongly object to Bethany Knowles-Thompson's misguided dismissal of the young people at the Democratic National Convention as entitled and ridiculous.

I, on the contrary, am inspired and heartened by their passionate support of progressive values and vision. I am grateful to them and all the other protestors who are speaking the truth and crying out for a just and sustainable world.

This country is in dire straits when one candidate for the office of president is a neo-fascist demagogue and the other is a neo-liberal criminal and warmonger who is little more than a mouthpiece for the corporate elites who run this country by promoting fear and a perpetual state of warfare.

Bernie Sanders' championing of longstanding progressive values and vision on a national platform is a light shining in the darkness of our country's drift toward a corporate totalitarianism, where the voices of dissent are routinely labeled terrorists and criminalized.

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Youth at the threshold of adulthood

Our society does little or nothing to help young people negotiate the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. By and large, we do not honor, let alone celebrate, the significance of this passage. Among indigenous peoples all over the world, the passage to adulthood is seen as a second...

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