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Episode 207: Bell’s Crusade

Who is Bell?

This is a story about Bell and how she made a difference in this world. She had a rough start, and she had a temper, but she directed that energy into fighting against discrimination and injustice. But who is she? Has she done something extraordinary that you might have heard about?

If anyone tries to tell you – whenever, wherever, and whoever you are – that you can’t make a difference because of the time you live in, the place you live in, or the hurdles you have to get over because of who you are, just consider this.

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Right-wing extremists

Right-wing extremists

This is a special edition of “Consider This!” I wrote an essay back in 1996, when the label “right-wing extremist” was being slapped on anyone who leaned conservative. With a few edits, this essay still has something to say to us today. See if you can figure out who this “right-wing extremist” is or was, and consider how his or her view may be more “mainstreamist” than you think. (No fair reading the show transcript below before listening to the episode.)

Mentioned links:

Original 1996 essay, “Portrait of a Right-Wing Extremist” (includes footnotes)

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