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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion - Unless you live in Indiana.

Started by Neal. Last reply by JeanMarie May 10. 39 Replies

Indiana, being the Alabama of the north, is front and center this week. Governor with presidential ambitions Mike Pence signed into law the "Religious Freedom" act. Basically vilified by all those who are part of the thinking human race, it is just…Continue

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The IPA and the Heartland Institute

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Ethics? We don't need no damn ethics.

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Comment by Doone on April 3, 2011 at 9:33pm

IMPERIALISM RECLAIMED

Pa3729c_thumb3Robert Skidelsky on Niall Ferguson's new book Civilization: The West and the Rest:

Ferguson snazzily summarizes the reasons for this reversal in six “killer apps”: competition, science, property rights, medicine, the consumer society, and the work ethic. Against such tools – unique products of Western civilization – the rest had no chance. From such a perspective, imperialism, old and new, has been a beneficent influence, because it has been the means of spreading these “apps” to the rest of the world, thereby enabling them to enjoy the fruits of progress hitherto confined to a few Western countries.

Understandably, this thesis has not met with universal approbation. The historian Alex von Tunzelmann accused Ferguson of leaving out all of imperialism’s nasty bits: the Black War in Australia, the German genocide in Namibia, the Belgian exterminations in the Congo, the Amritsar Massacre, the Bengal Famine, the Irish potato famine, and much else.

But that is the weakest line of attack. Edward Gibbon once described history as being little better than a record of the “crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.” Imperialism certainly added its quota to these. But the question is whether it also provided, through Hegel’s “cunning of reason,” the means to escape from them. Even Marx justified British rule in India on these grounds. Ferguson, too, can make a sound argument for such a proposition.

Comment by Doone on April 3, 2011 at 9:29pm

"An Epidemic Of Not Watching" Ctd

More depressing news about Israel's next generation:

A recent survey of the political opinion of Israeli youth shows a significant move to the right. More than sixty percent of 15 to 18 year olds and 21 to 24 year olds define themselves as rightwing; 60 percent of the first group prefers strong leaders to the rule of law; an overwhelming majority of the respondents do not believe that negotiations will lead to peace with Palestinians and prefer the status quo.

The picture that emerges is of a profoundly pessimistic group that sees little reason for optimism – a group that prefers power over freedom and whose values are nationalistic...

They grow up seeing a parliament that passes ever more nationalist and often outright racist laws; they hear a Prime Minister who keeps fanning fear of Israel’s imminent demise through Iranian attack, and are being told that the world hates Israel no matter what it does. The atmosphere in Israel has led to the point where a politician who takes a positive view toward peaceful coexistence becomes well-nigh unelectable: he or she would be accused of being hopelessly naive, selling out to the enemy and not caring for Israel’s citizens.

Comment by Doone on April 3, 2011 at 8:33pm

A Loony Writes

Daniel Kalder reviews Qaddafi's other book, 1993's Escape to Hell, a collection of short stories and essays:

In the title story – a truly unhinged free-form eruption of useless words – Gaddafi declares that it was an “Arab prince”, not Columbus, who discovered America. The rest is incoherent blather. In Death, he tackles the pressing question: is death a man, and thus to be fought, or a woman to whose tender embrace we must surrender? I won’t ruin the ending for you.

Comment by Neal on April 3, 2011 at 7:26pm
Same.
Comment by Adriana on April 3, 2011 at 6:03pm
The Shock doctrine is a MUST read. Yes, Naomi Klein became public enemy #1 when she published her book. She is one of my heroes.
Comment by Doone on April 3, 2011 at 5:56pm

Money trumps politics

The NYT suggests that Donald Trump is just pretending to run for president to keep himself in the public eye and jack up the ratings on his reality show. Trump’s previous flirtations with running for president likely had similar motivations, but none garnered quite as much attention as this one. Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee won a straw poll in South Carolina and continues to lead the Republican field in many polls, but it seems unlikely that he will run.

Has this kind of thing happened before, where (1) someone who leads in the polls and has run before chooses not to run and (2) some candidates are in the race just to make money for themselves? On (1), people like Cuomo and Colin Powell don’t count because they hadn’t run before.

This Republican race feels different to me than anything I have seen before. The line between politics and reality tv seems blurred in a way that is new. Is it new or has this always been going and I just hadn’t noticed it?

Comment by Doone on April 3, 2011 at 5:55pm

When chickens come home to roost

The next book I’d like to do for our book club is Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine”. The thesis is that the Chicago-style economic right has continually used crises all over the world as a pretext to institute radical free market “reforms”; Chile under Pincochet and Russia under Yeltsin are used as examples.

Right now, the United States is going through a recession brought on largely by a burst real estate bubble that was fueled by an extreme anti-regulation “free market” ideology. There is a large federal deficit in no small part because of tax cuts to the wealthy. This pseudo-crisis is being used as a pretext to slash government spending, destroy the so-called safety net, and end collective bargaining.

You’d have a very hard time convincing me that Americans aren’t now facing just the kind of “shock therapy” that our government once exported to the rest of the world. Elia Isquire details the ways in which even the liberal New York Times and New Republic have smeared Klein.

Comment by Neal on April 3, 2011 at 1:59pm
Excellent response and as true it not more so than the abortion billboard thought.
Comment by Doone on April 3, 2011 at 1:26pm

Answering the Anti-Abortion Billboard

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I posted the other day about the new billboard campaign in Chicago that features a picture of Obama and the text "Every 21 seconds our next possible leader is aborted." Commenter lofgren left the absolutely perfect response to that message:

Every 21 seconds, our next possible leader receives a crappy public education, misses out on invaluable opportunities due to his family's indigence as a result of a health crisis, is forced to work two minimum wage jobs in order to survive and cannot possibly invest in the world around them, commits suicide because of the despair of being bullied because of his sexuality, is benighted by denialism and anti-intellectualism, or finds herself forced against her will to sacrifice her future for a baby she doesn't want to give birth to.
http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2011/04/answering_the_anti-abort...
Comment by Doone on April 2, 2011 at 12:04pm

More from Afghanistan

This Attack is Different

Mark asked me to respond to  today’s attack on UN staff in Mazar-i-Sharif. This post is my initial reaction.

Kabul, Afghanistan – Foreigners have been killed in Afghanistan before, and today’s attack was not the first fatal attack on UN staff.  But it was different than previous fatal attacks. Very different. The killers were ordinary residents of a city deemed peaceful enough to be one of the first places transferred to the control of Afghan security forces. The men who broke into the UN compound, set fires and killed eight people weren’t Taliban, or henchmen of a brutal warlord, or members of a criminal gang. They weren’t even armed when the protests began –they took weapons from the UN guards who were their first victims.

Foreigners committed to assisting in the rebuilding of Afghanistan have long accepted the possibility that they might die at the hands of warring parties, but this degree of violence from ordinary citizens is not something most of us factored into our decision to work here.

Tonight, the governor of Balkh province (of which Mazar-i-Sharif is the capital) is telling the international media that the men who sacked the UN compound were Taliban infiltrators. That’s rubbish. Local clerics drove around the city with megaphones yesterday, calling residents to protest the actions of a small group of attention-seeking, bigoted Americans. Then, during today’s protest, someone announced that not just one, but hundreds of Korans had been burned in America. A throng of enraged men rushed the gates of the UN compound, determined to draw blood.  Had the attackers been gunmen, they would likely have been killed before they could breach the compound.

I was sharing a meal with aid worker friends when I heard the news. Phones began buzzing. Security officers were demanding that my friends return to their compounds immediately. Cars had already been sent to retrieve them. Lockdown was in effect.

This is not the beginning of the end for the international community in Afghanistan. This is the end. Terry Jones and others will continue to pull anti-Islam stunts and opportunistic extremists here will use those actions to incite attacks against foreigners. Unless we, the internationals, want our guards to fire on unarmed protesters from now on, the day has come for us to leave Afghanistan.

 
 
 

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