The wonderings and wanderings of Dakin and Company

Tag: Political
[Chapter 1 of my memoir] It is always brown somewhere in South Africa. During the frostbitten winter, it’s the flat Highveld that cracks and curls up in chocolate squares of parched soil. These gold- and diamond- and crop-littered plains get their rain in the summer, sometimes in abundance, sometimes not. In the winter that wetness becomes a forgotten fantasy that is swept away in howling dust storms and hearsay. The June air fills with static, the tall grasses splinter, the sky becomes a lighter blue and sunlight is thinner. Dryness envelops the meadows and fields. The earth below loses all its moisture. The land above cracks and curls and parches. In the Highveld winters, the deepest hardness of Africa is seen and felt in its brittle brown ground. In the searing summer months, it is the fringe of land along the coast—the southern curve of Africa—that tans a deep cocoa...
[Critical Essay and Op-Ed piece] The final judgment in Roe v Wade was handed down nearly four years after “Jane Roe” fell pregnant. The African-American Civil Rights Movement spent fourteen very active and costly years fighting for equal and fair treatment. Legislation preventing the next Matthew Shepard hate crime and ensuring equal pay to future Lilly Ledbetters took eleven years to get passed. Sixteen years after the Defense Of Marriage Act first became law we are finally seeing its undoing and the release of a new wave of liberties and equalities, but even after all that time it’s still not fully decided or undone.   All of these advances in human rights and human dignity took a long time and much sacrifice. And there is still a lot that needs to be done. That’s why it is so surprising to me that “this is an election about the economy.” Bull Shit. There is...