iOS app Android app

Stuart Whatley

Replace Vox Petrol With Vox Populi

Stuart Whatley | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

The salvaged billions from cutting federal gas industry subsidies should be redirected towards a "democracy subsidy" in the form of a tax deduction for everyone who votes in the next election cycles.

Newt Gingrich's Campaign Blueprint

Stuart Whatley | Posted 01.12.2012 | Books
Stuart Whatley

Fortuitously, if Newt Gingrich does indeed declare his presidential candidacy, we'll already have a blueprint for his campaign available, which he published last year as a direct challenge to Barack Obama.

'War on Christmas' Comes to the Fore

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

This year's holiday season has seen a notable influx in secular and atheist billboards and bus banners sarcastically challenging the veracity of the Christmas story. One in New Jersey reads: "You KNOW it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason."

Obama and the English Language

Stuart Whatley | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Rather than giving partisan responses to partisan rebukes, Democrats should shift the ideological rubric altogether. One can only wonder at a political environment where deregulation could be labeled as "anarchy".

This Side of Democracy

Stuart Whatley | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Every American has the right to speak out, to express views, and to serve as an advocate for all manner of issues and prospective leaders. But having rights doesn't necessarily mean they're valuable, or even useful at all.

Democratic Values, Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fallacy

Stuart Whatley | Posted 10.19.2012 | Religion
Stuart Whatley

Models for pluralistic societies based on liberal democratic values exist throughout the historical landscape, independent of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It bodes well that they may be freely adopted by all cultures.

The Tea Party Movement Is a National Embarrassment

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.08.2014 | Books
Stuart Whatley

The Tea Party movement is the latest installment in an old American tradition: the exploitation of mostly frustrated, desperate, and susceptible people by monied interests and profiteers.

Civilizing Afghanistan While We Decivilize Ourselves

Stuart Whatley | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

America is not a colonial power, and its occupation of Afghanistan is not an outwardly colonial exercise, but an old warning from Aimé Césaire's may still carry wisdom.

The Capitalist Hagiography Has Little Room for Saints

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

When a corporation falls short of regulatory standards it does not do so accidentally. Rather, it is a calculated choice based on risible enforcement efforts and piddling penalties passed by legislators on the take.

Orrin Opens the Hatch

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

It doesn't take much to see the irony in a politician simultaneously condemning waste in government while championing measures that further enable special interest participation in policy making.

Iran Uprising: Is Mousavi Becoming Irrelevant?

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stuart Whatley

Who is running the show? Is Mousavi really guiding the movement on the streets, or is the street guiding Mousavi?

Educating for Democracy: Lessons for the Next Millennium

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joel Shatzky

Teaching for the next millennium would mean would mean moving toward a self-sustaining environment, in which the simpler pleasures of life would become central to our existence.

Financial Reform Won't Alter Capitalism's Icarus Trajectory

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stuart Whatley

This era's troubling reality is that economics now dictates our cultural values. We no longer have a say in how resources, production, and mutual prosperity should be systematized to achieve the best society for all.

The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stuart Whatley

When the religious response to ridicule moves from condemning a rhetorical tactic to condemning the very act of criticism itself, fair discourse is halted before it can even begin.

Obama's State of the Union Falls Short on Correcting Citizens United

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

If the legislative efforts in Washington last year reveal anything, it's that politics and policymaking are corrupted overwhelmingly by perverse electoral incentives. Obama's goals depend on his leadership in fixing this.

Palin And Twilight: American Pilgrimages

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

We're in hard times, it's reasonable to expect that people will look for saviors and fantastical escapes -- be they in the form of vegetarian vampires or meat eating pseudo-author/pseudo-politicians.

Executive Pay Cuts? Hold the Standing Ovation

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stuart Whatley

Yes, a quick round of applause for Feinberg for cutting our financial wards' CEO pay. But hold off on the standing ovation; the Obama era does not need a "Mission Accomplished" moment.

American Plutocracy: Corruption Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Most police officers in America do not require greased-palms for their services. But if one wishes to attend a chicken cordon bleu dinner with Senator Max Baucus of Montana, it will cost him $10,000

Obama's Agenda: Hope, Change and Lobby-Centricity

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Obama's self-imposed rule against lobbyists in his administration, and the method whereby he is now implementing his progressive agenda, hews toward a rather perverse irony, if not hypocrisy.

Iran Uprising: Why Do So Many Want Obama To Turn Iran's Protests Into A "Teabag Party"?

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stuart Whatley

Those who wish for Obama to adopt a stronger tone ground their argument in the arrogant belief that our endorsement is the sine qua non of any successful democratic political movement.

Iran Uprising: Experts Weigh In On What's Happened And What It Means

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stuart Whatley

With each new day of demonstrations comes an erosion of the Supreme Leader's power and moreover, an erosion of the system's legitimacy, which is partly based on the Supreme Leader's infallibility.

Women's Rights In Afghanistan Depends On Where One Lives

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Stuart Whatley

Conditions in Afghanistan are acutely compartmentalized. Reports from one village can be bright and optimistic while another locale is rife with atrocities towards women and girls.

Why North Korea's Antics Are Good For Obama

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stuart Whatley

Following its initial hullabaloo, the current standoff may be a foreign policy windfall for the Obama administration by uniting typically disparate regional players

It's Not About North Korea

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stuart Whatley

As North Korea closes itself off to the outside world even more, China's unique role as an interlocutor will become even more necessary.

Moral Majority or Immoral Minority?

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

One wonders when Republicans are going to figure out how to appeal to people rather than traditions.