‘Apocalypse Again?’
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‘Apocalypse Again?’

Apocalyptic language is being used to describe the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Democratic candidate Biden declares himself “an ally to the Light” to end the “Season of Darkness,” while Republican President Trump says Biden will demolish America’s cherished and sacred destiny if elected. The issues facing the U.S. are tremendous. There is COVID, racial tensions,…

Americans to the Polls
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Americans to the Polls

Next month Americans return to the polls to elect a president and vice-president, members of Congress, and host of state- and county-level officials. They do so at a time of unprecedented crisis for the country. What happens on 3 November will have an impact on its future as we enter the third decade of this…

We Asked a Prof
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We Asked a Prof

The irony of the question is not lost on this American author, given how much Canadians know about the United States, and how little interest Americans can show in other parts of the world, including our dear northern neighbor. Nevertheless, I can share two causes for concern and two reasons for hope among your neighbors…

The Hardscrabble History of a Proud Prairie Church
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The Hardscrabble History of a Proud Prairie Church

The endless prairie all around is so bereft of people and buildings today that coming up on St. Stephenie Scandinavian Church from any direction is a resounding joy, even though the old church is but a shell of its former self. It’s hard to imagine the neighborhood teeming with Danes and Bohemians and Virginians, a Great Plains melting pot, each family – eleventy-seven kids too – trying to make a go of it on 80 acres.

The Passing of Pax Americana
Opinion | Politics

The Passing of Pax Americana

No empire lasts forever. That’s the thesis of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy. Kennedy, a historian, says that all empires have this in common: militaries that make them great and also lead to their downfall. Eventually, the resources needed to keep a military powerful become a drain on the nation, and it begins to decline.