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On Libya and Liberty

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

When we vote or decide or discuss or debate, we are supposed to be informed. However, if we so often rely on superstitions and belief systems that don't work, how is there any truth at all?

Standing Up for Due Process on Campus = "Sticking Up for Penises Everywhere?"

Adam Kissel | Posted 10.30.2011 | College
Adam Kissel

Lower standards of evidence will likely produce more guilty findings -- not just of the guilty, but also the innocent. When verdicts are wrong, the cause of justice on campus is ill-served.

Austrian Medicine for the MMT Patient

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Robin Koerner

Austrians prefer limited government -- limited to enforcing contracts made voluntarily between free individuals. They don't want government to print and inflate money as that allows them covertly to reduce private wealth, transferring it to themselves.

At the Edge of Self-Destruction

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The United States has lost its philosophical soul. The nation's predominant motivations are money, sex, power, domination, fame and indulgence. These are the motivations of children and adolescents.

If You Love Peace, Become a "Blue Republican" (Just for a Year)

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Since you can't change the Democrat ticket, why not act where you can make a positive change, by telling the Republican party where you really want it to go. I offer you a special moniker to set yourselves apart: the "Blue Republican."

What Is the Fourth of July to Me?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Famed 19th Century abolitionist and fighter for racial justice Frederick Douglass thundered in a speech "What is the Fourth of July to Me." Douglass a...

14 Men Charged In Sex Attacks On Texas Girl

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 09.05.2011 | Crime

LIBERTY, Texas — DNA testing delays prompted a judge Wednesday to push back until October the cases of 14 men accused of taking part in a series...

Celebrating Fourth Of July As A Muslim

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 09.03.2011 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

In my experience, all Muslims would agree on one thing: that the United States provides them with more freedom, more security, more opportunity, and more peace than the country from which they emigrated.

(R)Evolutions

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Thanks to New York, the land of the free is now a little bit freer. I can almost see Lady Liberty pushing open our nation's doors a bit wider, welcoming people in these often dis-united states to enter that most conservative state of all -- the state of matrimony.

Political Parties Restrict Americans' Freedom

Dinkar Jain | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Consider three Americans: a gay businessman who wants to lower taxes; a scientist who teaches evolution but opposes amnesty for the illegal; an agnost...

To Be or Not to Be: American Freedom, Exceptionalism and Identity

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

There is something fundamentally pro-American about much of the apparently anti-American content published in foreign newspapers. In this way, criticisms of America appeal to, and approve of, American ideals.

Does a Nation Have a Soul?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

It is difficult to imagine that a mass democracy of 300 million could have a soul, because we don't know exactly what a soul is.

Michael Sky is Dying

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.20.2011 | Books
Norm Stamper

Unless you live on a small, green island off Washington State, or haven't read his books or participated in his workshops, you've probably not heard of Michael Sky. He is a dear friend, and he is dying.

Who Needs the Government?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As President Obama recently said, "We are the government." It makes no sense to be anti-government in the American context, unless you are opposed to the values that it represents.

A Sputnik Moment for U.S. Foreign Policy

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Support for the true democratic aspirations of the people in the region can go a long way in restoring America's image in the Arab and Muslim world. Anything less will only plunge these societies into further darkness.

Obama's Liberty Problem: Why Indefinite Detention by Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People

Vincent Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vincent Warren

A new proposal for indefinite detention will prolong the corrosive effects of the illegal and immoral detentions at Guantanamo rightly condemned world-wide.

Obama's Liberty Problem: Why Indefinite Detention by Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Guantanamo is the most powerful recruitment tool for those challenging the US. This proposal for indefinite detention is an unconstitutional usurping of power by the executive branch and a clear and present danger to all Americans.

American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

What's Right with America? Let Me List the Books

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I became the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction [or 32/216 overall including movies, software, and fiction) quite by accident, loading 300 reviews fr...

The Tea Party Idea of Freedom Is Anything But

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

"Freedom" means maximizing freedom, the possibility of controlling our own lives, for all. This may sometimes require restricting the freedom of the powerful to control others.

Liberty and Learning: Academic Freedom as Intellectual Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

The aim of this new blog is to explain and promote academic freedom, which provides schools with academic integrity, maximizes the quality of education and research, and protects students from indoctrination.

The King is Naked! In defense of Michele Santoro.

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Aldo Civico

There is no democracy, unless there is dissent and that dissent can be overtly expressed. It obfuscates one's mind to see how heads of states, democra...

What Does Joe the Plumber Want?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Amidst the Tea Party and GOP's purposeful vagueness, they have found it best to stick with the populist theme of Joe the Plumber, first invented by the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008.

The Power of One - How a Revolution Is Made

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fernando Espuelas

Nicolae Ceausescu today is the iconic example of the arrogance of power brought to an end by the will of the people.

Philosopher Hypatia: An Inspiration for the Ages

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Even freedom of thought, as Hypatia tragically found out, is sometimes difficult to exercise. Striking a balance between freedom and responsibility is no easy task.