Articles by James A. Haught

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A Milestone for America’s Culture
James A. Haught | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2016

When I was a young adult, the only Americans who mattered were WASPs (white Anglo-Saxon Protestants). They were the overwhelming majority. Their laws and customs dominated everything. But now, they’ve dwindled to just 16 percent among those under 30. And they’re destined to keep shrinking as nonwhite Americans rise, the Census Bureau projects.

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The Long, Long Journey to Female Equality
James A. Haught | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

For millennia, female inferiority was presumed, and mandated, in virtually every human culture. Through most of history, the brawn of heavier males gave them dominance, leaving women in lesser status — often mere possessions of men, confined to the home, rarely educated, with few rights.

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Human Decency Moves Civilization Forward
James A. Haught | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2016

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker asserts that rampant killing was 1,000 times worse in medieval times than today. In his classic 2011 book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” he notes that international warfare has virtually vanished in the 21st century — and that murder, rape, genocide, torture, wife-beating, lynching, gay-bashing, dueling, racial attacks, and even cruelty to animals are vastly less than in the past.

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A Review of Stephen Prothero’s ‘Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)’
James A. Haught, PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2016

Social progress occurs because liberal-minded reformers defeat conservative resistance.

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The Enlightenment Keeps on Winning
James A. Haught, Peace Voice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2015

If you study history, you’ll see episodes that changed civilization. For three centuries, by fits and starts, Western progress has been mostly a chronicle of progressives defeating conservative resistance. Reformers repeatedly toppled old privileges, hierarchies and establishments. Look at the historical record:

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