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Trump Threatens to Jail Clinton: An Authoritarian in America

October 10, 2016

George Washington’s legacy is restraint, particularly on presidential power. That legacy is threatened like never before.

Last night, Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton he plans to put her in jail if he’s elected President of the United States.

Dictators threaten to arrest political rivals. American presidential candidates never have. One of the central features of our democracy, since the Founding Fathers, is that we do not use the criminal justice system against political opponents. We separate the two realms as much as possible, to protect political freedom.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly said he admires the methods of dictators, rather than the restraint of George Washington, which has guided American politics for more than two centuries. Last night was another chilling example. Mr. Trump does not understand democracy, and his election could lead to a quasi-democratic regime like Putin’s in Russia, which he so admires, or Erdoğan’s in Turkey — or to civil war.

The Founding Fathers and the Election of 2016

July 19, 2016

The Republican Party has nominated a truly unusual candidate for President. More than any major party nominee in history, Donald Trump has spoken against the principles and policies of America’s Founding Fathers. He has opposed legal restraints on government power — laws that tie the government’s hands — which for the Founding Fathers provided the bedrock of freedom. And he has advocated open, overt religious discrimination, rejecting another of the Founding Fathers’ core values. Mr. Trump and his supporters aren’t necessarily unpatriotic. Most probably don’t realize they stand against the legacy of George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and the other founders. But as voters, we need to understand the Founding Fathers and the cornerstones they laid for our democracy.

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Governments can’t stop terrorism any more than lions can stop flea-bites.

July 16, 2016

When a single man can kill eighty-four with a truck, it’s time to let go of the illusion that governments can keep us safe from political violence. Lone-wolf terrorist attacks have become part of modern life, and no one can change that. We should accept it and at the same time recognize that we Westerners still live far safer lives than any people in the history of the world. Instead of sacrificing civil rights in favor of persecuting suspected minorities — in a doomed attempt to stop lone wolf terrorists — we should focus on preventing the most devastating attacks, by denying terrorists access to nuclear power plants, airports, and weapons of mass destruction. Read more…

King Tut’s Dagger Was Made from “Iron of the Sky”: a Metorite

June 4, 2016

This is cool: CNN article and video about King Tut’s dagger.

LitPick Interview

May 12, 2016

I recently did an interview with about my writing, particularly The Jericho River — and you can read it at LitPick’s author page. Read more…

Kobo Top 50: The Jericho River!

March 13, 2016

Kobo has listed The Jericho River as one of its top 50, in sci-fi/fantasy!

BookBub Feature & Discount, Jericho River E-books

March 12, 2016

BookBub has chosen The Jericho River as a featured title! That’s flattering recognition, and it also means you can buy an e-book at a discount, from today through March 19.

In case you don’t know BookBub: members get notices about e-books the staff thinks they’ll enjoy, after a competitive selection process. The members also get a limited-time discount. But you can take advantage of the discount even if you’re not a member, at most or all retailers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and India …

March 12-19, 2016: The Jericho River, A Novel About the History of Western Civilization, U.S. list price $6.99limited time discount:*

I’m excited that BookBub chose The Jericho River. Please spread the word about the discount opportunity, particularly to anyone who enjoys fantasy, history, or unusual fiction. Thanks!

JR.banner-map -- smallerA fantasy novel that’s also a history, The Jericho River has won multiple awards. It’s a magical adventure story that explores the history of Western Civilization, from its roots in the ancient Middle East to the modern world. It’s also a remarkable, light, fun way to learn, for both teens and adults. And it’s an exciting ride for anyone who enjoys stories like Tolkien’s work — or thinking out of the box.

* Prices may vary outside the United States.