Steve Newcomb

August 12, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
The book Writings of Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, Vol. I, translated and edited by Finbar Kenneally, O. F. M.
August 05, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
In 1901, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its decision in the case Barker v. Harvey 181 U.S. 481. The case involved a tract of land known as Warner Ranch, in Southern California.
July 31, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
When Cristobal Colón made landfall on a sandy beach in the Caribbean, he planted the royal standards (flags) of Castile and Aragon and performed a ceremonial act of “discovery and possession.” The “standards” he planted in the soil were physical...
June 28, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
A repetitious pattern may be repeated to the point of being boring or tiring. Yet, obviously, not every pattern of repetition is tedious.
June 22, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
“To many men the sense of domination is sweet...” writes Leonard Barnes in his book Empire or Democracy (1939).
June 15, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
I recently came across the book Writing the Social Text: Poetics and Politics in Social Science Discourse (New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1992), edited by Richard H. Brown.
June 06, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
At the University of Oregon (U of O), just south of the administration building, amidst the beautiful green scenery of the campus, is a bronze statue, “The Pioneer Mother.” On the front panel of the statue’s pedestal is the Latin word “PAX” (“Peace...
May 25, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
In the 1823 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Johnson and Graham’s Lessee v. M’Intosh, Chief Justice Marshall made a statement on behalf of a unanimous court that the United States is still applying to our original nations and peoples one hundred and ninety...
May 05, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
In the first chapter of The Evolution of Physics (1938), Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld say they are focused on “the adventurous search for knowledge of the physical world,” and that t
May 04, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
In Hal Ashby’s movie Being There, starring Peter Sellers, at the end of the film there is a pyramid with an “all seeing eye,” and the slogan “Life is A State of Mind.” In The Universe and Dr.
April 28, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
On May 2, the archdiocese of Los Angeles will host a daylong celebration at the main U.S. seminary in Rome.
April 20, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
In his book Captives of Sovereignty (2010), Jonathon Havercroft points out that a number of contemporary political philosophers (Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Michae
March 28, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
Editor’s Note: Reprints of advance reviews of Darkness in El Dorado by Patrick Tierney are currently circulating on online, and a recent post from Newpower was cited as the lead-in to the columnist Steve Newcomb’s dissection of the dehumanizing...
March 25, 2015
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Steven Newcomb
A little-noticed definition of “civilization” is this: “the forcing of a particular cultural pattern on a population to whom it is foreign.” The key word is “forcing,” which implies some agency that engages in the process of forcing a particular...

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