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In Congress, July 4th, 1776

It’s worth re-reading this remarkable document from time to time, especially given that it says something very different from what many on the Right and in the Tea Party seem to think. It does, for example, give special importance to representative government; that is, in fact, one of the main purposes of the document. It…

I’m not sure what to write about this, but I feel a need to write something. There has been an interesting and infuriating discussion going on at Jason and Zuska’s blogs. Jason, whose posts on learning and cognition rock, started the discussion with an examination of a small amount of scientific literature on pornography. He’s…

I hate writing about politics, but the mainstreaming of racism since the election of Obama makes writing about politics a moral imperative. We’ll start with Dr. Rand Paul, who is running for one Kentucky’s senate seats. The usual racist dog whistles are apparently too subtle for Paul, which is good. I’d rather a politician be…

It’s not my fault!

You know that big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?  It turns out that the folks who drilled it, the folks who pumped it, and the folks who worked on it weren’t at fault—at least according to their sworn congressional testimony.  And I sure as hell know it’s not my fault.  I mean, I…

Papers please

Many years ago, when fascist Jean-Marie Le Pen was riding a wave of racist sentiment in France, I was a young student out with friends on a perfect spring evening along the Seine. There was at that time always a vigorous national police presence in Paris. The CRS with their sub-machine guns were visible outside…

In the Soviet Union, party membership was everything. Your job, your access to food and other consumer goods, and your apartment all depended on your standing with the party. And votes were simply a tool to provide a patina of legitimacy. No one who liked warm weather voted against the Party. One of the many…

Why did they have to tell me about Sizer?

After learning of the British vicar who sent the cops after a blogger, I decided to read up a bit more about this guy. Sizer is a Mideast activist. By “activist”, I mean that he sees the State of Israel as an abomination. He has revisionist ideas about Middle East history which he feels was…

From my pal Arikia, I learned of a disturbing case in the UK. A blogger over there has been posting information about Stephen Sizer, an Anglican vicar and holocaust denier. The vicar apparently felt so threatened by the dissemination of his own ideas that he called the cops. According to various news and blog reports,…

Why I am a patriot

I am a patriot. This word means different things to different people, but to me it means pride in my nation, one founded by brilliant thinkers and built on the acknowledgment of basic human rights. It does not mean that I agree with everything my country does or with all of my fellow citizens. It…

Why am I politically liberal? Is it because liberal ideals conform to my own sense of morals about how a just society should function? According to some, that idea is laughably wrong. Let me share with you an exchange from facebook: Me: The michigan house passed the doctor tax. Time to write and call your…