About Mike Stafford

Michael Stafford is a member of the Solidarity Hall board of directors. He is a 2003 graduate of Duke University Law School and a former Republican Party official. He works as an attorney in Wilmington, Delaware, and writes a syndicated op-ed column. Mike’s writing has been featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Religion & Ethics Portal, MSNBC, ResPublica, and FrumForum.

My Most Grievous Fault: The Moral Problem of Wealth

"How can I make you realize the misery of the poor? How can I make you understand that your wealth comes from their weeping?" - St. Basil the Great."Not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth, but theirs." - St. John ChrysostomIt is always easier to accuse than to confess. But in reality we're all sinners of one sort or another sitting together in the dock. I have long been, and will continue … [Read more...]

A Lawless Man

On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. It will be dark day for our nation, and a portent of even more dire days ahead, because the highest office in our land is being assumed by a fundamentally lawless man.Like Erebus and Nyx, Trump is born of Chaos. His campaign, indeed his broader public career and persona, have been characterized by the absence of any recognized constraints on his conduct and by the cavalier violati … [Read more...]

Good News & Great Joy

To all people of good will fighting for social, economic, and environmental justice, defending the poor & the marginalized, ministering to the world's sick and wounded, or working for peace and reconciliation among both men and nations- rejoice!  You do not labor to build the Beloved Community in vain, but are instead the harbingers of a Kingdom that is, even now, triumphantly breaking into our world.To all people in darkness- the poor, the oppressed and abused, the migrants, the fo … [Read more...]

Blessed Are the Dissidents

"Believe the autocrat. He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking, or hear others claiming, that he is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization."- Masha Gessen“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie."- Alexandr SolzhenitsynAs I write this, reports are circulating that Donald Trump, our President-elect, intends to follow through on some of his most divisive campaign promises and actually create some sort of … [Read more...]

An Election Day Lamentation: Mourning a Missed Opportunity

 In politics, as in war, there is often only one favorable moment- an opportunity when tantalizing possibilities open up and the very course of history can be diverted in new directions. But these moments, which depend on the convergence of circumstances largely due to mere chance, are fleeting, and must be seized immediately and exploited because they may never occur again.As a result, in the political arena, radical reform is always a project for the bold and the e … [Read more...]

What Wretches Feel: Neoliberalism is dying, we must replace it with something better

"The global economy is not working for the majority of people in our country and the world. This is an economic model developed by the economic elite to benefit the economic elite."- Sen. Bernie Sanders "The true strength of our democracies ... must not be allowed to collapse under the pressure of multinational interests which are not universal, which weaken them and turn them into uniform systems of economic power at the service of unseen empires."- Pope Francis  The neoliberal status quo is … [Read more...]

The Devil and Donald Trump

"It was the month of May, or the month of June, in any case summer was near, and within only a few weeks the war would break out, although nobody knew this at the time, and those who had premonitions couldn’t go so far as to believe them, because fear rejects what the intuition accepts..." - Manuel de Lope,  The Wrong BloodEmbed from Getty ImagesIt can happen here.To be honest, there are moments when I enjoy the sight of the business and financial elites that dominate both of our po … [Read more...]

Encountering “the Other” on the Road

Strange as it may seem, my own journey towards the Dorothy Option began with Cormac McCarthy's dystopian novel The Road. Certainly, neither the author nor the work are known for their orthodox Christian sensibilities, and yet, reading the book led me to reflect more deeply on three of the most critical aspects of life for people of faith today- our own complicity in evil, the struggle to live a moral life- to, in the words of the book, "carry the fire"- in the midst of the cultural wreckage of mo … [Read more...]