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Tyranny

Bullets, Ballots and Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If there is anyone who would still advocate for unimpeded access to guns for all on the basis of ideology despite such an extreme (and admittedly absurd) epidemiology, there are names for it. The kinder designation is fanaticism.

Exposing Public Wickedness Is More American Than Apple Pie

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It's the revolt of the geeks. Edward Snowden is John Peter Zenger digitized, a post-Internet free-press hero soaring above the security obsessions of the past decade to assert the inalienable requirements of individual sovereignty in a wired world.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November: Thoughts on Election Day

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We have reached a point where our leaders have stopped listening to the American people. However, what will it take for the government to start listening to the people again?

Obama, NSA Spying and the Dangers of Secretive, Authoritarian Government

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Recent reports indicating that President Obama was aware of and personally approved an NSA program that involved spying on the personal communications...

Parents, Presidents, Provocations and Principles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

As a parent, I see no way to ignore the flagrant violation of international law in Syria and not rue the choice. I realize as well that international law is violated often around the world. But we can't fix what we don't know is broken, and much of such abuse takes place in shadow.

The Book of Mormon's Warning About the NSA

Robert Lockard | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Robert Lockard

The revelations about the government engaging in unprecedented levels of surveillance have inspired many people to worry about their freedom and privacy. It might seem odd to talk about a religious book in this context, but the Book of Mormon has a lot to say about this issue.

The Death of the Arab Spring

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

For all intents and purposes, the Arab Spring is dead. The Arab Winter has officially arrived.

Defense of Marriage Act Defeated, Thank God

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

The rights that permit the free expression of religion are the rights that likewise permit one to freely choose one's life partner. Rights and freedoms should not be held captive to the will of the religious majority.

Means, at the Ends of Ethics

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The language of the Second Amendment, however it is interpreted, is about means. Some manner of access to guns for some portion of the citizenry is the means, and something like defense against tyranny and protection of liberty the presumably intended ends.

The Lax Logic of Libertarians

Jag Bhalla | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Crucial questions are misframed by pitting J.S. Mill and free-market libertarian faith against Mayor Bloomberg, reason and experience.

Unfettering the Second Amendment

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

I am now for a Second Amendment with no interpretation whatsoever. Let's completely and utterly unfetter the Second Amendment from the outlandish suggestions of the type I've made until just now. The Second Amendment, unfettered, makes no exclusion for incarcerated felons. And so, neither should we.

Two-Faced Freedom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The Founding Fathers allowed for the right to bear arms to be limited to the arms the majority want among us. They did not obligate us to tolerate arms in the hands of lunatics, arms designed for maximal carnage. But the NRA does.

By the Drone's Early Light

Frank Dwyer | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Kings can't spot a foe and kill him? Since when? Who thought of that? How stupid!...

Flies, Angels, and Cake

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We are either a product of brute biology -- how we are designed -- or of culture, and designs of our own. To some extent, inevitably, it must be both. But how the balance is struck is itself subject to evolution, and we may lend a guiding hand. We may mix the batter.

Tyranny Hiding in Plain Sight

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Tyranny hides in plain sight, and if we care to fix it at its origins, we need to be talking about money rather than guns. For, after all, we hold this truth to be self-evident: Wealth is power.

Dodging Bullets

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Let's dispense with tortured logic and contorted arguments. Arguments get mangled when the truth sticks in your craw. One relevant truth is: A lot of people just like big guns. Big guns make people feel powerful. Lots of people like to be able to say: My gun's bigger than your gun!

Cloud Atlas: Resistance and Redemption

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The film is really six movies in one ranging from a rip-roaring sailing yarn from the days of the clipper ships to a sci-fi thriller that makes the great classic, Blade Runner, seem dimwitted and plodding.

North Korean Propagandist To Show New Satirical Artworks

Posted 02.10.2012 | Arts

Like many North Koreans, Song Byeok was brainwashed into believing Kim Jong Il loved and cared about his country. At 24, he was hired to be a propagan...

The Next President Will Be a Liar

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Regardless of whether the next president is a Republican or Democrat, whether it's Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or any other of the Republican frontrunners, one thing is guaranteed: he will lie.

The Fate of Dictators -- Justice and Revenge

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 02.02.2012 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Now that Syria has been declared by the United Nations to be in a state of civil war, President Assad must be reflecting on the fate of leaders in the Middle East who have been overthrown recently.

The American Spring

Ronald Ricker | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Ronald Ricker

Somewhere, sometime, accelerating rapidly recently, we Americans have lost it--the American Dream. We were the land of opportunity, the land of equa...

The Artificial Imposition of Poverty

James Peron | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
James Peron

These were not people born to be poor, nor did they earn their own poverty through choices they made. Poverty was imposed on them by the governments that ruled them. That they were able to produce anything at all is a testament to their industriousness.

The Myth of U.S. Democracy and the Reality of U.S. Corporatocracy

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

The truth is that the U.S. is neither a democracy, nor a republic. Americans are ruled by a corporatocracy: a partnership of "too-big-to-fail" corporations, wealthy elite and government officials.

Congress's First Power Demolishes Tea Party's "Constitutional Principle"

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One wonders if any of the Tea Partiers who've run on a platform to "return to Constitutional principles" actually bothered to read the Constitution, or whether they just purchased worn, dog-eared copies to convey that impression.