Archive for October, 2015

A Word or Two on Soundbites and Myth at the Third Republican Debate

Fact-checking last night’s Republican debate would be fruitless, these sophists spoke of American myth, reaffirming old lore and telling new fables. It is a testament to the burning desire of the American people for collectivistic pursuit of shared prosperity that we are so vulnerable to the manipulations of nationalistic demagoguery even when it takes a […]

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CISA Forces us to Accept What we Would Not Rationally Choose

Yesterday, I was shopping in a store when a young woman stopped me and asked if she could take my photo and I could answer a few questions for a writing assignment in her English class in the vein of “Humans of New York”. I paused and thought for a moment before I politely declined. […]

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, George Orwell and our “Greatest National Security Threat”

Asked what the greatest national security threat facing the United States is, Hillary Clinton gestured to nuclear weapons, implicating Iran, perhaps Pakistan (though the U.S. is quite cozy with Pakistan, with Obama set to sell eight F-16s to them shortly, despite their enabling and funding the Taliban), Martin O’Malley named nuclear Iran and climate change, and […]

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How is Sanders a Socialist if he Cannot Push Clinton to the Left on Foreign Policy?

With Hillary Clinton expressing doubts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership after much delay, we see another instance where the Bernie Sanders campaign has pushed her to the left. It is a modest victory, of course, as she made no to commitments to pull the U.S. out of the deal, as Sanders has. But she has recently […]

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Remarks on Recent Obama Administration Policies: Syria, Encryption, and the TPP

Syria The Obama administration has announced that it will cease its efforts of continuing to assemble and train a fighting force of Syrian rebels after the public embarrassment of General Lloyd Austin admitting that at the time of his testimony in committee there were only a handful of fighters on the ground, and will instead […]

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Addressing the Elephant in the Room in the Gun Control Debate

Our major media sources have been disturbingly superficial in their published commentaries, reports and essays on gun violence. They note that despite a majority of Americans, even gun-owners, supporting increased background checks, even that a very modest form of gun control, Congress won’t pass such legislation. The common story is that the NRA buys enough […]

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A Response to Attorney General Lynch’s Argument Against Police Reporting Fatal Shootings

Buried in the utterly devastating headlines of a mass shooting in Oregon, the U.S. government’s committing of war crimes in bombing a hospital in Afghanistan, deaths in South Carolina from historically severe floods exaggerated by climate change and a final deal reached between negotiators for a trade pact that grants incredible protections to corporate powers […]

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