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This is only a sample from the library of my work. Be sure to check out my archives for so much more.
“Lawlessness Normalized”: What Acquitting Donald Trump Means (2/2020): What guardrails remain—legal, institutional, moral—for a lawless president now that he’s acquitted?
“My Fellow White Americans: Are We About Blood Identity—or America’s Ideals?” (8/12/2019): Enough with Trump’s race-baiting and the white supremacist incursion.
“Impeaching Donald Trump Would Be Right in Principle, but Disastrous Politically” (5/2019):
“No collusion. No obstruction. And now, no impeachment.” Trump’s dream script for re-election.
“How to Keep a Good Marriage in Bad (Trumpian) Times” (8/2018): Even the best of marriages can get snarled by discussion of You-Know-Whom.
My Archive On:
“A ‘Breaking Bad’ Culture Got Its President” (8/2017): Donald Trump is not only a product of our politics, but of our culture.
Books for Our Times: “Why Nations Fail” (7/2013): Why do nations fail? Two words: “Extractive elites.”
“Wall Street: Brush Up Your Melville” (11/2011): Risk management according to “Moby-Dick” and the monomaniacal Captain Ahab.
“Mourning a Friend Who Saved My Life” (3/2017): Sprung from a bad marriage by a good friend.
“A War’s Premise Must Justify Our Troops’ Suffering” (3/2012): Sky-rocketing rates of PTSD and suicide demand a war’s premise serve as stabilizing tent-pole afterwards.
“Recovery Without a Reckoning.” (11/2009): Wall Street recovers from the crash it caused—with no ethical-moral lessons learned.

“Carla Seaquist is an essayist in the great American tradition of plain talk, common sense, strong ethics, and an understanding that one cannot understand current politics, foreign policy or domestic travail without a deep knowledge of history. Her work is informed, readable and provocative, in the best sense—making the reader think in new ways.”
-Seymour M. Hersh

BOOKS

                   Vol. II: Forthcoming
Can America Save Itself From Decline?:  Politics, Culture, Morality

Can America save itself from decline? Great nations throughout History have followed the pattern of rise and rise, then decline and fall. Is this America’s fate, or can we reverse our decline and rise again? In the belief that if any great nation can reverse its decline, America can—we believe in reinvention, we are not fatalists yet, but it will take stronger leadership and reform than seen to date—Carla Seaquist in her wide-ranging commentary for The Huffington Post addresses this historic challenge from various angles—political, economic and financial, cultural and moral—all in the context of the American character. In an extended end-essay, she addresses the question posed in the book’s title. READ MORE

TWO PLAYS OF LIFE AND DEATH:
“Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks” and “Kate and Kafka”

Universal and timeless, these companion plays chart the journey of a man and a woman struggling together on the Road of Life and Death.
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MANUFACTURING HOPE: Post-911 Notes on Politics, Culture, Torture, and the American Character

On 9/11, living in one of the targeted cities (Wash., D.C.), the author instantly switched from playwriting to commentary, to combat with reason whatever was coming at America next.
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PLAYS

In Progress: “Prodigal”

A drama about the Prodigal Son and his non-prodigal brother, examining the question, Why be good? The prodigal is an aging bad-boy filmmaker famous for his “edgy” films of violence and sex. The good brother is a social worker who’s burned out cleaning up after the prodigal’s social debris. After a lifetime of warring, can they achieve the peace that, at midlife, they both need? Pivotal is the brother’s wife, a litigator. A classic conflict revised. READ THE SYNOPSIS

TWO PLAYS OF LIFE AND DEATH:
“Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks” and “Kate and Kafka”

“Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks”: A universal drama about the saving power of human contact and normalcy in chaos. Based on the author’s phone calls with Vlado Azinovic, who ran Radio Zid in Sarajevo during the siege of 1992-96.
Productions to date: 3

“Kate and Kafka”: Katharine Hepburn the Life Force meets Franz Kafka the Death Force and tries to change his attitude. Set in the Sanatorium Ultime amid biological warfare.

TWO PLAYS OF LIFE AND DEATH:
“Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks” and “Kate and Kafka”

“Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks”: A universal drama about the saving power of human contact and normalcy amid chaos. Based on the author’s phone calls with Vlado Azinovic, who ran Radio Zid in Sarajevo during the siege of 1992-96.
Productions to date: 3

“Kate and Kafka”: Katharine Hepburn the Life Force meets Franz Kafka the Death Force and tries to change his attitude. Set in the Sanatorium Ultime amid biological warfare.

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OTHER WRITING

Including:

“Free Speech, Responsible Speech, and ‘the Right to Offend’” (4/2006): In which I advocate for responsible speech.
“Abu Ghraib and the Mirror” (2/2005):  How could U.S. soldiers torture Iraqi prisoners and laugh about it? Look to American pop culture.
“Behemoth in a Bathrobe” (2/2003):  A dialogue in which the small voice of conscience converses with the American psyche, post-9/11.
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