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Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGoodgers 3: Historic Origins

Well, on another tangent concerning duality, an interesting tidbit may be the history and mythology surrounding the subject. I’ll start with what I know of the history of absolutist moral dualism in this blog, mythology in the next. (Then I’ll get back to tying this rambling pedantry back into contemporary politics, which is our real Read more…

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David Peterson: Torture and “Intelligence” in 2004

By my count (and please correct me, if I’m mistaken), through this Wednesday in August, 2004, the public realm has been blessed with four official U.S. Government (whether directly or so-called independently, on behalf of an official request) investigations into the practice of torture and other forms of detainee abuse at the American-run Abu Ghraib Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Mediocrity on the Left

Perhaps the only thing more disappointing than watching liberals sell themselves short and shoot themselves in the proverbial feet is watching self-proclaimed leftists do the same thing. The once-promising United for Peace and Justice organization, headed by an organizer I have admired for the past 10 years but whose decision on recent matters I just Read more…

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David Peterson: “How America Gets Away With Murder” I

With the military assault on the most resolute faction of the resistance to the American occupation of Iraq approaching some kind of final climax in and around the Imam Ali Mosque in the Old City of Najaf, where the “smell of burnt flesh filled the air and blood smeared the deserted streets,” as Agence France Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Liberals and Mediocrity (or, “Anybody But Kerry”)

It’s sort of amazing, if you think about it. One could hardly dream up an incumbent president who would be easier to defeat than George W. Bush, and yet the Democratic Party is getting a run for it’s money because it chose one of the least inspiring, mediocre candidates imaginable. With liberals like the Democrats, Read more…

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David Peterson: “All These Things Happened Among Us” I

To quote an important UN document from 1993, From Madness to Hope:…Report of the Commission on the Truth for El Salvador (S/25500, April 1, 1993—though released a couple weeks earlier): On Monday, 24 March 1980, the Archbishop of San Salvador, Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, was celebrating mass in the Chapel of the Hospital Read more…

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David Peterson: “Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths”—and the Presidential Campaign

Back in April, the Toledo Blade received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for its lengthy series of reports “uncovering the atrocities of an elite U.S. Army fighting unit in the Vietnam War that killed unarmed civilians and children during a seven-month rampage,” to quote a Blade report on itself (“Blade wins Pulitzer: Series exposing Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Civilizing Aristide

My own judgment, for what it is worth, is that [Aristide] came into office committed to the kind of significant social and economic reform that was called for by his popular constituency in the hills and slums, desperately needed in Haiti. His few months in power seemed to be a considerable success, and were praised Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Attack on Democracy

The standard doctrine — preached by Alan Greenspan, any number of economists, and commentators commonly — that the marvellous “new economy” is a tribute to “entrepreneurial initiative,” “consumer choice,” and other free market wonders does not stand up to even a casual look, let alone careful analysis. … And furthermore, business leaders understand very well Read more…

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Chris Spannos: LAC, Day Three

Today was the closing day of the Life After Capitalism conference. Hundreds of people excited, stimulated and inspired, exhausted came together and are now going their separate ways again. It almost seems sad except I know that this opportunity to meet face to face has resulted in an exchange of ideas, experiences, strategies, tactics and Read more…

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