Real conversation is possible when people speak up and talk respectfully to one another. Democratic etiquette often means talking back to authorities as opposed to passive obedience. Authoritarian societies, educational settings, and religious environments expect compliance without raising questions that offend those in charge.

We pledge to our readers that the messages on this blog will be examples of Talking Back in a context of tolerance and respect. Our purpose is to inform, stimulate, challenge, and entertain as we pursue truthful and honest communication. Opinions will be offered along with factual information. Fake news, overt bias, and opposition to acknowledged human rights will not appear here.

Edward G. Simmons

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