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Declaration of Secularism

Inspired by the nation’s birthday, Larry Arnhart at Darwinian Conservatism has a few thoughts about the term “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” as it appears in the Declaration of Independence: That phrase provokes questions. Do the “Laws of Nature” depend on some religious belief in “Nature’s God”? Does “Nature’s God” suggest some…

There has been much speculation as to why Sarah Palin announced her sudden decision to withdraw as Governor of Alaska Friday. Nate Silver at 538.com speculates: There seem to be three* basic theories to explain why Sarah Palin decided to quit: 1. She’s simply burned out; 2. There’s some kind of “other shoe dropping”; 3.…

Today in History

On July 4th, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall entitled, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro“: What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all…

On this Independence Day

Danny Schecter asks, how independent are we? “This isn’t just about Madoff. This is about the system in which Madoff’s scam took place. This is about systemic fraud and malpractice, the cultural trade of due diligence for easy profit. It’s about conflicts of interest where companies paid ratings agencies for their ratings. It’s about ideological…

The Politics of Human Nature

Human nature is one of those concepts that, like “common sense”, everyone knows what you mean but no one knows how it’s defined. Ironically, the most insistent proponents of human nature are often those who have benefited from the status quo in society and prefer people to remain just as they are. June 27 (the…