Forward thinking

A regular column from publisher Franklin J. Dubbles about the nation's most pressing issues

In memoriam: The Dandy Goat

The world of free online content is mourning the loss of a rising star. The Dandy Goat, which has published more than 800 articles since its launch in June of 2013 and was praised by readers as “lol” and “lmao,” has died following the institutionalization of its founder and publisher, Franklin J. Dubbles. Richard Omega, […]

Taking down Confederate flags is not enough. It’s time we dug up the corpse of General Robert E. Lee.

We are at a turning point in history. Just as the pendulum of justice is finally swinging in the right direction, a tide of indignation is rising. In short, a maelstrom of metaphors is sucking us all in, forcing us to look one another in the eye as we swirl round and round. Given that […]

Feral boys, James Franco and mistaken identity: how the system is failing us

I read an article about a feral boy who had been living for some time in the air ducts of a Virginia prep school. Two pupils had been sneaking him sushi, mineral water and other provisions. This went on for months until one pupil’s father demanded to know why his store of single malt Scotch […]

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How a mute neighbor girl taught me to fight Christmas cheer

I enjoy the holiday season. Now you have it: my public confession. I know, we are not supposed to “enjoy” a season that highlights the disparity between the haves and the have-nots. We are not supposed to “enjoy” the tradition of frenzied consumerism. We are not supposed to “enjoy” a religious holiday that is offensive […]

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Why we must pay our national bills, even if that means taking out more dubious loans

When I was 27 years old, I learned a very important lesson from my father, which is this: we must pay our bills, even if that means taking out a dubious loan to do so. Let me give you some context. I had been living in Paris for a year, having a go at being […]

We must stop insane gunmen from becoming insane gunmen

Dear readers and even dearer fans, My great sadness about the Navy Yard shooting was met with even greater outrage when I learned that Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old gunman, had previously exhibited signs of being unwell. This begs the question: why didn’t those people who knew Mr. Alexis was delusional not foresee the rampage — […]

My struggle to become a more sensitive man

Dear readers and even dearer fans, It causes me grief to concede that although close to 150 years have passed since Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association, women in the United States are still unable to walk down the street, or work out in a fitness club, without […]