Monthly Archive: June 2013

In various forms – Conservative, New Labour, the coalition …

In various forms – Conservative, New Labour, the coalition – we have had the wrong government for 30 years. Across that period its undemocratic powers have been consolidated. It has begun to form an elective dictatorship, in which the three major parties are united in their desire to create a security state; to wage unprovoked wars; to defend corporate power against democracy; to act as a doormat for the United States; to fight political dissent all the way to the bedroom and the birthing pool. There’s no need to wait for the “wrong” state to arise to conclude that mass...

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In 2006, the celebrated social theorist Robert Putnam shared …

In 2006, the celebrated social theorist Robert Putnam shared results from his Social Capital Benchmark Survey, which suggests that contemporary Americans have a long way to go before they embrace the multicultural promise of a city like New York. In Putnam’s study, “people living in ethnically diverse settings appear to ‘hunker down.’” They are less likely to vote, work on community projects, give to charity, or volunteer than Americans in less diverse cities. They have less confidence in government’s ability to solve problems, fewer friends, and a lower perceived quality of life. Earlier sociological theories suggested that contact between ethnic...

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Faulk says he and others in his section of …

Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain time codes of “cuts” that were available on each operator’s computer. “Hey, check this out,” Faulk says he would be told, “there’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, ‘Wow, this was crazy’,” Faulk told ABC News. ABC News: Inside Account of U.S. Eavesdropping on...

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Ja, es muß ein eigentümliches Vergnügen sein, von Jahrhundert …

Ja, es muß ein eigentümliches Vergnügen sein, von Jahrhundert zu Jahrhundert im Blut der Menschheit zu schwimmen und Halleluja zu rufen! Es muß ein eigentümliches Vergnügen sein, fast zwei Jahrtausende hindurch zu lügen, zu fälschen, zu täuschen. Es muß ein eigentümliches Vergüngen sein, über Äonen, über alle Zusammenbrüche, alles große Völkernasführen und Völkerruinieren hinweg die Heuchelei zur Kunst aller Künste zu machen und sie fort und fort zu sanktionieren – auf daß es einem wohl ergehe und man lange lebe auf Erden. Nachwort Karlheiz Deschner: Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums. Band 10: 18. Jahrhundert und Ausblick auf die Folgezeit. Könige von Gottes...

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Imagine if there were an alternate dystopian reality where …

Imagine if there were an alternate dystopian reality where law enforcement was 100% effective, such that any potential law offenders knew they would be immediately identified, apprehended, and jailed. If perfect law enforcement had been a reality in MN, CO, and WA since their founding in the 1850s, it seems quite unlikely that these recent changes would have ever come to pass. How could people have decided that marijuana should be legal, if nobody had ever used it? How could states decide that same sex marriage should be permitted, if nobody had ever seen or participated in a same sex...