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Books Read in 2015

By Eric Weltman Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, Jason K. Stearns (non-fiction) The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair, Michael Deipert (non-fiction) Conspiracy to Murder: The … Continue reading

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The Power of Community to Prevent Climate Catastrophe

Sermon to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock Thank you for this tremendous honor – I’m really grateful to Jim, Elaine, AnneMarie, the Green Sanctuary Committee for this opportunity. Again, my name is Eric Weltman, and I’m a senior … Continue reading

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Making History

We must make history to prevent climate change catastrophe. Don’t believe Margaret Mead’s famous quotation, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Social change … Continue reading

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A Necessary Conflict

In the wake of November’s elections, a chorus of voices is calling on President Obama to return to a “post-partisan” vision for governing.  But here is what’s needed: an honest clash of values and interests, a debate revealing to Americans … Continue reading

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Empathy and Our Nation’s Future

By 2050, the United States will be majority non-white.  Latinos, Blacks, Asians, and other “minorities” will constitute approximately 54 percent of our population, according to Census projections.  We must decide what kind of society to create from this diverse mix: … Continue reading

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Defending Society

“Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” is how Thomas Hobbes described life in the absence of society. His conclusion, 350 years ago, that society is necessary to maintain civilized relations between people reverberated in March, when Tea Partiers attacked a … Continue reading

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New York City Charter Commission Testimony

New York City Charter Commission Testimony of Eric Weltman April 20, 2010 My name is Eric Weltman, and I’m testifying as a Brooklyn resident and concerned citizen. I would like to briefly discuss several key principles and specific topics.  However, … Continue reading

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