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Stuart Whatley is Executive Blog Editor at The Huffington Post and a former Senior Voices Editor for Huffington magazine. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books, TruthDig, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The American Prospect, Free Inquiry and other outlets. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

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Asshole Rising

(31) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 8:38 AM

Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, The First Sixty Years
By Geoffrey Nunberg
PublicAffairs
272 pages


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Linguist and Berkeley professor Geoffrey Nunberg states early in his new book Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years, "What I'm interested in isn't a distinct...

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Why Huffington Went Literary

(28) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Huffington is the free, weekly iPad magazine created by The Huffington Post. The latest issue is a special Literary edition, and here the four guest editors explain their motivations.

Before this issue was a reality, before it was even an idea worth talking about, it was an ellipsis...

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Replace Vox Petrol With Vox Populi

(180) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 4:20 PM

As budget talks remain in sclerotic repose, one notable spark this week came from Speaker of the House John Boehner, who said that cuts to the federal government's multi-billion dollar oil and gas industry subsidy are "certainly something we should be looking at." Seizing on what is no...

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Newt Gingrich's Campaign Blueprint

(6) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 3:33 PM

In the current era of economic hardship and political polarity, the ground has been fertile for various messiah figures to enter the scene in the form of politicians, pundits, and public intellectuals -- some warning of tyranny and promising to protect American freedom. With the next presidential campaign season coming...

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'War on Christmas' Comes to the Fore

(265) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 4:34 PM

It may be a sign of the times that 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."

It is...

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Sam Harris: How Science Can Determine Human Values (Review)

(201) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 5:55 PM

"A business man who is generous to all his employees but falls in love with his stenographer is wicked; another who bullies his employees but is faithful to his wife is virtuous. This attitude is rank superstition, and it is high time that it was got rid of." ~ Bertrand...

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Obama and the English Language

(159) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 4:04 PM

In his compendium on the life and works of Charles Dickens, George Orwell paints his literary forebearer as not so much a revolutionary in the traditional, head-rolling sense, but as more or less a revolutionary all the same. Dickens found fodder for criticism at all levels of the inequitable society...

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This Side of Democracy

(69) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 7:08 PM

Ignorance and poverty, and the lack of material means generally, prevent people from exercising their rights and from taking advantage of [opportunities]. But rather than counting these and similar obstacles as restricting a person's liberty, we count them as affecting the worth of liberty, that is, the usefulness to persons...

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Democratic Values, Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fallacy

(334) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 12:31 PM

From the latest criticism of Elena Kagan for her support of an Islamic finance program at Harvard to the escalating mosque construction controversy across the country, there are now warnings emanating from some circles that Muslim leaders are seeking gateways through which to implement an "

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Civilizing Afghanistan While We Decivilize Ourselves

(127) Comments | Posted July 3, 2010 | 9:40 PM

Sixty years ago, as Europe's satrapies threw off their colonial patriarchs, the African-Martinican author and poet Aimé Césaire warned the Old World of the damage its adventures abroad had at home. Whatever its obvious destructive effects on the colonized, colonialism also "decivilized" the colonizer. Europeans entered the Third World as...

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Orrin Opens the Hatch

(68) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 10:58 PM

Day two of the Elena Kagan Supreme Court confirmation hearing saw an act of political soap-boxing by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who dedicated the bulk of his time to the left's griping over January's Citizens United decision. Some of his frustration is likely deserved -- a few responses to the...

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DISCLOSE Act: What The NRA Exemption Means For The Integrity Of The Citizens United Fix (Update)

(89) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 10:25 AM

Update 6/15/2010: Political hay is being made this week over the decision of Congressional Democrats to bend to the wishes of the National Rifle Association and provide that organization with an exemption on some of the disclosure provisions in the bill. The push for an exemption was led...

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Financial Reform Won't Alter Capitalism's Icarus Trajectory

(296) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:43 PM

My mother used to have a cat that wasn't declawed. As such, most of the plushier furniture items around the house inevitably ended up shredded. She would take the cat to the veterinarian now and then for the claws to be clipped down, which was effective for a time before...

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The Capitalist Hagiography Has Little Room for Saints

(73) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 9:18 PM

Perhaps the most enervating element of the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster is its eery familiarity -- the sheer, inexorable predictability of it all. There is poetic injustice in its propinquity on the calendar to the Obama administration's decision to expand offshore drilling last month, and to the Supreme Court decision...

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The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

(246) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 7:04 AM

For many religious believers around the world, the credulity with which they defend their faith is oftentimes only matched by the incredulity with which they receive ridicule. The latest example is the response to a campaign by the Atheist Agenda on the campus of the University of Texas in...

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The Tea Party Movement Is a National Embarrassment

(1605) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 5:43 PM

Last summer, when mass protests broke out in Iran following what was seen as a rigged election, Americans cried out in support of the uprising through all possible channels. Some commentators here went so far as to claim credit for the "revolution," as if it never could have happened without...

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

(76) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 9:52 AM

President Obama's first State of the Union address, while predictable and straightforward towards most of the top issues of his first year, seemed rather soggy when it came to his push for a solution to the Citizens United decision handed down last week. He again criticized it, but then gave...

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Palin And Twilight: American Pilgrimages

(70) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 3:28 PM

Two events were cause for Americans to leave the house this past week: Sarah Palin and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The mass, separate interest in each has left many who are fans of neither wondering: What the hell is wrong with these people? Sure, nobody ever went...

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Executive Pay Cuts? Hold the Standing Ovation

(21) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 12:47 PM

The Obama administration's move this week to slash the pay of top executives at 'too big to fail' firms under TARP should be applauded. And that ovation should last for about one second. The pay cuts are certainly just and good, given the current state of things, but ultimately it's...

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American Plutocracy: Corruption Is in the Eye of the Beholder

(23) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 12:25 PM

To many observers, the recent New Jersey corruption sting, which resulted in the arrests of three mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, seems rather surreal for the American social and political fabric. Most of the charges involve bribery or money laundering, but included on the docket are also more...

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