Richard Elfers

Culture and politics shape race relations

“…we are bound to suffer increasing polarization in our nation that tears at the very fabric of our Constitutional covenant.”

 

Why Europe dominated the world

The European attitude of curiosity and adventure drove them to explore and… dominate the globe by the end of the 19th century.

 

Political turmoil makes nations stronger

“If we can get through this period of political chaos, we will be a stronger nation with its citizens valuing democracy far more.”

 

Russia and U.S. are on the same side of the Middle East coin

“As long as they had a common enemy, attention was focused away from their differences. That no longer is the case.”

Trump supporters still the same | COMMENTARY

“Trump supporters… still strongly support him, even though their expectations have changed enormously.”

God: Man’s search for meaning | COMMENTARY

“Is there a religion gene?”

What we can learn from our Canadian neighbors | COMMENTARY

“How much do you know about Canada? If you’re like most Americans, not much.”

Face your prejudices, open your mind | COMMENTARY

“It’s a healthy experience to interact with others who do not share our religious or political beliefs.”

Lessons from the Russian Revolution | COMMENTARY

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Vladimir Lenin’s words still resonate 100 years to the month after the beginning of the Russian Revolution… Continue reading

The world’s survival could be at stake | COMMENTARY

While the nation’s and the world’s attention was drawn to the senseless murders in Las Vegas of at least 59 and the wounding of 527… Continue reading

Rebellion is as American as apple pie | COMMENTARY

“We need to learn not to let our foes push our country’s hot buttons to divide and conquer us.”

Fight for democracy or freedom? | COMMENTARY

“Americans fought to preserve democracy in their revolution. South Africa fought to end oppression.”

After Zimbabwe, a lesson about loving free speech | COMMENTARY

I was excited about visiting Zimbabwe. I had traveled to South Africa previously to visit my daughter, Betsy, and her family, but this was my… Continue reading

The many meanings and reasons for Confederate Civil War statues | In Focus

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues to their defeats. On a personal level, do you display mementos of your… Continue reading

Beware the unintended consequences | In Focus

Have you ever done something only to find that your actions caused you unforeseen and unexpected grief? We humans are decision-making creatures. Welcome to the… Continue reading

Trump presidency: an ongoing civics lesson | COMMENTARY

“From a… government instructor’s perspective, our president is a wonderful, nearly-daily lesson in government.”

When leaders act like spoiled children | COMMENTARY

Have you wondered why Republicans, who fought Obamacare for seven years, are having trouble repealing and replacing Obamacare? This amazing political phenomenon has several explanations.… Continue reading

Young workers face uncertain future | COMMENTARY

“I am concerned about my grandchildren’s futures. You should be, too.”

The resumé versus eulogy persona | COMMENTARY

“In the end that persona, based upon character, is what all of us want to be remembered by.”

Living in a distracted nation | COMMENTARY

“Distracting ourselves is far easier than facing reality.”