Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis is a playwright.  Archive of his Common Dreams' articles here. His personal website here.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002
A Failure of Imagination
9/11 was said to be more a failure of imagination than intelligence - the implication being that no one could imagine planes being intentionally flown into buildings. (As it turns out there were several people who not only imagined it, but also knew it was a weapon of choice for some.) As we listen...
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Tuesday, September 10, 2002
16 Acres And A Fuel
It was "cheap" aviation fuel and an emotion that brought down the World Trade Center. To be sure, the towers themselves were also an emotion that yielded ten million square feet of office space - erected with the industrious heat of ambition and an Ayn Rand sense of manifest destiny. Whether the...
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Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Perception is Reality - Not
The expression that seized the modern consciousness – “Perception is reality” – is being toppled – it seems. I read a related and almost equally chilling quote recently about Enron during its heyday – “It’s not such a good company but it’s a great stock.” “Perception is reality” is a mantra that...
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Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Chew Before Swallowing...
“That’s when I first got to know Ken and worked with Ken and he supported my candidacy for — and — but this is what — what anybody’s going to find if — is that this Administration will fully investigate issues such as the Enron bankruptcy . . .” Does anyone have to guess whose quote this is. Like a...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2002
Blood and Oil
The question of what is driving the American military is haunting. To construct a cohesive scenario from the diverse, contradictory and fragmented information surrounding the present military action is challenging. The word that keeps popping up is - pipeline. If beneath the carnage there is...
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Monday, December 24, 2001
The Choice of Christmas Future
Like the ghost of Christmas past the words of Christ should haunt George and the ranks that make up his approval rating. We can let this season remain a hollow repetition of soulless words or connect Christ to the emerging reality with which we are collaborating. The ostensible born again Christian...
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Saturday, December 15, 2001
"Sounds Good to Me...."
Last night, in New York City, Ramsey Clark, former attorney general under the Johnson administration, was speaking to a group of peace advocates. In opening comments to a group of four hundred, the moderator of the event asserted that George Bush’s war on terrorism will spread to Somalia, Sudan and...
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Thursday, December 13, 2001
'All Gone to Look for America': An Alternative Anthem
The lyric that is haunting these red white and blue days is from a Simon and Garfunkel song that could be a national anthem. The lyric is “….all gone to look for America.” America is a search you can arrive to or leave for. The essence and definition of America is elusive and varied but the...
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Monday, December 10, 2001
The Curious Narrative From Author Unknown
An Afghan journalist records on videotape Mike Spann, well-scrubbed CIA agent-hero interrogating John Walker, wretched and grimy traitor; two young Americans on opposite sides in a prison in Afghanistan – one standing with a gun – the other on his knees bound and silent. One brainwashed, perhaps,...
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Friday, December 07, 2001
Zahn on Jazeera – Cable Clash
The former Fox personality, Paula Zahn, from her new fair and balanced desk at CNN, was having an intense discussion with the anchorman from al-Jazeera. Paula abandoned her journalistic cool, which she must have learned during her term at Fox, and jumped on the al-Jazeera anchorman for saying that...
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