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    The comma substitutes for the conjunction. "Red, white and blue" = "red and white and blue." "Red, white, and blue" = "red and white and and blue." Otherwise, why wouldn't you use a serial comma between just two items: "my mother, and my father"?

    As for capitalizing the word that follows a colon, the answer is yes if it begins a clause that could stand alone as a complete sentence, no if it begins a clause that would be a fragment. (Although you might choose not to capitalize it if the complete sentence explains or elaborates on the clause that precedes the colon.)

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 02:20:40 PM PDT

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