Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman is the author of The Best One Hour History series which includes World War I, The InterWar Years, The Cold War, and other titles. He is the founder of The Global Uplift Project which builds small-scale infrastructure projects in the developing world to improve humanity’s capacity for self-development. 

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Harris and Biden at the end of the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on August 19, 2020 Views
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Two Cheers for Biden/Harris
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the only game in town to defeat Donald Trump. If we are to relieve the country of Trump’s corruption, his incompetence, his hate, his buffoonery, and his scumbaggery, they are the card we will have to play. And let’s be very clear: we must play it without reservation...
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A young person's solemn face appears in front of the 2011 Hiroshima Lantern Festival marking the atomic bomb. (Photo: Richard Riley/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, August 07, 2020
75 Years On: Reflections and Preflections on Hiroshima
This week is the 75 th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is worthwhile re-examining what happened and what it can tell us about our world today. As is so often the case in complex—to say nothing of controversial—events, we have to scope out a little to see the context...
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Sunday, April 05, 2020
Will the Media Help Elect Trump? Again?
In the 2016 election the media gave more than $2 billion of free publicity to Donald Trump. It was voyeurism of his biting-off-the-heads-of-chickens campaign style. The nation had never seen anything like it, and it was, regrettably, newsworthy. But without that gift, Trump would not have won the...
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Flanked by other House Democrats, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) speaks as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) listens during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Why on Earth Is Nancy Pelosi Protecting Donald Trump?
Why is Nancy Pelosi protecting Donald Trump? There’s no point burbling about whether she is. From felony campaign finance violations, to collaborating with the Russians in the 2016 election, to multiple counts of obstructing justice, to emoluments-related self-dealing, to now extorting Ukraine to...
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If the U.S. cannot defeat the likes of second- and third- and fourth-rate military powers like Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria, does it really want to start a war with the strategic ally of the #2 and #3 nuclear powers in the world? (Photo: Pixabay/geralt/cc) Views
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Conflict With Iran Portends World War III
Mark Twain once commented, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” The U.S. conflict with Iran sounds a lot like a rhyme with World War I. The portent would be World War III. The parallels are not trivial. They are haunting, and should be sobering. World War I was called “The Great War...
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Socialism, capitalism as road signs Views
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Teaching Democrats to Talk About Socialism
It doesn’t matter who the Democratic nominee for president is next year, they will be attacked for being “socialist.” It will be relentless and merciless. The problem is that none of the current candidates know how to talk about socialism, so they always seem to be on the defensive. They’re always...
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British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (left) and German Chancellor Adolf Hitler (in light jacket) Views
Sunday, September 01, 2019
Re-Reflections on the Start of World War II
Sunday, Sept 1., marks the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. On that day in 1939, German troops crossed the border into Poland, setting off the greatest war the world has ever known. No war—and maybe no event of any kind—has been so thoroughly chronicled, both at the time it occurred...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Why Do You Lie So Much?—and Eight Other Questions NBC's Chuck Todd Should Have Asked Trump
With his interview of Donald Trump, Chuck Todd threw the country under the bus. He gave the president a prime-time platform to peddle his sociopathic lies, with little pushback. He gave legitimacy to those lies and the liar who tells them. It is almost impossible to overstate the damage Todd’s boot...
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Trump’s undermining of that implicate order—the order that has created and defined the nation—is nothing less than an attack on the civilization itself. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Trump Attacks Western Civilization Itself
Donald Trump’s stonewalling of Congress is not simply a political dodge to avoid accountability. It is an attack on western civilization itself. A reading of the deep history of constitutionalism shows why. The western institution of constitutionalism began with the Magna Carta, signed in 1215 A.D...
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How Bad Does It Have to Get? Views
Saturday, April 27, 2019
How Bad Does It Have to Get?
It’s bad enough that he lost the election by 3,000,000 popular votes. It’s bad enough that the Russians helped him get elected by manipulating social media in critical electoral college states. It’s bad enough that he helped the Russians do that by providing them confidential polling data to guide...
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