About

Pileus Chronicle focuses on political issues, especially the United States and Europe.

Pileus is the Roman name (Latin) for the red cap worn by emancipated slaves, denoting liberty.  The red cap in France was bonnet rouge during the Revolution and prior to 1789; it signified resistance to the British crown in the American colonies.

Pileus Chronicle is my blog and website to confront tyranny, authoritarianism run riot, fascism, oppression, alternative facts, distortions of facts, superstition, propaganda, edicts, dicta, ex cathedra pronouncements, and behaviors and policies emanating from such processes and individuals.

Pileus Chronicle is about the truth.  Truth in science, not superstition.  Truth in facts, not alternative facts (this is not about different interpretations).

Words are sounds and symbols.  We approximate as close a congruence to processes and patterns through the use of language as we can.  There’s always a gap between the word and the process.  Keeping that gap as narrow as possible and correcting error for the sake of truth is a cardinal, supreme virtue.  Through social contract with others we hone our language until we breathe a sigh, That’s it, that’s as it really is, that’s as close as we can get.

Liars, prevaricators, mendacious fellows, and pretenders are in our midst, always have been, always will be there.  But they must be called out, put down, and put out of the circle.

Pileus Chronicle is ambitious to call out, put down, and put out of the circle of authority those who would lie and distort the world we live in.  Lately (February, 2017) it has been written that Democrats and progressives and even some Republicans are engaged in a guerrilla war against the political right.  The fight is not gentlemenly, no Marquis of Queensbury rules.  Pileus Chronicle seeks a place at the front of the line to embattle and stamp out the doublespeak, forked tongues, and bloviating dimwits of our time.

This is the Pileus Chronicle.

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I remember–but did not understand–the first political argument in my family that was composed of Democrats from central Texas.  It occurred in 1946 or 1947 and it was about the Taft-Hartley Act.  My mother was a union steward for Communication Workers of America (CWA) and led a brief walk-out at Southwestern States Telephone Company in order to get the company to buy fans to put on the floor to cool the switchboard operators (the Hello Girls).  Democratic-progressive-union politics abounded in my family, but it was tempered with ranching and farming issues in my region.

My first government instructor was a conservative and I continually honor his approach to arguing and analysis.  Posit both sides of the question.  He had us read the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Observer, one conservative, the other liberal.  I went on to get my degrees at Howard Payne College, Texas A&M University, and Texas Christian University with postgraduate study at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Los Angeles.  My intellectual grandfathers and grandmothers trace back to Cambridge and the University of Paris.

I taught for 50 years on the college and university level.  My subjects were U.S. history, European history, government, and anthropology.

I am the author of Pileus Chronicle.

Jack Matthews