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Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. Partridge has taught philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly) and co-edits the progressive website, "The Crisis Papers" (www.crisispapers.org). His book in progress, "Conscience of a Progressive," can be seen at www.igc.org/gadfly/progressive/^toc.htm .
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, October 16, 2017 "WE ARE AT WAR!" Oh, Really? Some Questions
As the American media pumps up its Russophobic rhretoric, escalating the status of the Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation from "rival" to "adversary" to "enemy, " and the crisis from "rivalry" to "The equivalent of war," finally to (unqualified) "war," numerous urgent questions arise. These questions are, for the most part, ignored by our mainstream media.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 1, 2017 Unwrapping The Russia Enigma
There is not "a" Russia issue. There are several separate "Russia Issues." In other words, "it's complicated."
The American public does not like complications. It wants simplicity. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is much too willing to accommodate the public. In the following, I will discuss four of these issues, which can not be appropriately addressed unless they are dealt with separately
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Why Should We Trust the Scientists?
Why should we give more credence to the conclusion of 97% of thousands of climate scientists, than we give to Sen. Inhof's snowball or the Heartland Institute's sophistries? And why should we believe evolution rather than Genesis? Isn't evolution "just a theory"? Why shouldn't we regard science a "just another dogma? That is the guiding question of this essay.
(27 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 9, 2017 An Open Letter to Rachel Maddow
The Russian people do not take kindly to hostile foreign interference. When threatened from abroad, they, like us, typically unite behind their leader, even a ruthless tyrant like Josef Stalin. You are doing the Russian people no favor by providing Putin with a foreign villain. Your brand of relentless propaganda only serves to tighten Putin's grip on Russia.
(13 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 6, 2017 Vladimir Putin as Emanuel Goldstein
In George Orwell's novel, 1984, Emanuel Goldstein was the hated individual who "represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible." Could it be that to the mainstream media, and thus increasingy the American public, our "Emanuel Goldstein" is Vladimir Putin?
(39 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 30, 2017 Trump Aides Talked to Russians? Big Deal?
The very idea of "talking to the Russians" has become so toxic in today's politics and media, that a cabinet nominee would rather risk perjury than admit to meeting a Russian diplomat face-to-face.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 12, 2017 In the Throes of a National Hissy-Fit
True or false, the "Putin hacking the Democrats" charge has evolved from an unsupported accusation to an unchallenged dogma -- a "cognitive fram
SHARE Monday, November 14, 2016 Adieu, Progressive Internet?
During the afternoon of Election Day, the progressive website Democratic Underground was hacked and shut down. The identity of the culprit is unknown. Best case: a presumably Trump supporter acting spontaneously on his own -- an isolated and rare event. Worse case: an early shot in an incipient cyber war against liberal dissent. We must hope for the best case and prepare for the worst.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 6, 2016 Cyber War -- From Trifle to Catastrophe
The content of the hacked emails may be trivial and not credible. However,, the consequences of the accusation of Kremlin connivance could be catastrophic.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 5, 2016 A Martian View of the New Cold War
"The moral point of view" -- the perspective of the unbiased, informed and benevolent observer -- has many names, and is prominent in the history of moral and political philosophy. Perhaps the dangerous new cold war between Russia and the United States/NATO might be disengaged through negotiation from the moral point of view.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 25, 2016 On Behalf of Islam
When I hear informed and critical individuals that I respect rail against Islam,
if I didn't know better, I might be led to believe that I was hearing some Bible-thumping fundie preacher assailing "that gutter religion." We have come to expect such conduct from FOX News panels. But not from such educated, intelligent and sophisticated individuals as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Bill Maher who, in their assault against Islam, have allowed their indignation to overwhelm their judgment.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Whose "Liberty"? Whose "Freedom"?
When the right-wing politicians and corporate media talk of "liberty" and "freedom," remember this: Your "liberty" and "freedom" are not what they are talking about. And that's not just "theory," that's history.
(19 comments) SHARE Friday, March 6, 2015 Let's End the New Cold War Before it Heats Up
The United States and Russia are rushing, relentlessly, toward war, unless cooler voices are heard and heeded. Those voices are not being heard in our mass media or heeded by our politicians.
(15 comments) SHARE Monday, July 7, 2014 Bungling Toward Oblivion -- A Letter to My Friends in Russia
During the nineties, my profession (professor of Philosophy) afforded me the opportunity to visit Russia seven times. Recent events have directed my thoughts and concerns to Russia and my many friends there, which prompts me to write the following letter and to share it with American internet readers.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 16, 2014 Russia -- An Appreciation
"Russia bashing," a favorite pastime of media and politicians a generation ago, is back in style. The consequences could be deadly. Here is an antidote, based upon common historical knowledge and on personal experience.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Thinking Like a Russian
The rule is as old as human war and conflict: If you are to prevail, you must know the mind of your adversary. Accordingly, if the current conflict with Russia over Ukraine and Crimea is to end peacefully, both sides must diligently strive to understand the minds and motivations of their opponents.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 9, 2014 How to Talk to a Climate Change Denier
More than ninety-eight percent of active climate scientists affirm man-made climate change? How might deniers respond? (1) a hoax? (2) a world-wide conspiracy? (3) scientific error? All three explanations are examined and refuted. All that remains is the fourth alterntive: anthropogenic climate change is a fact.
(24 comments) SHARE Friday, February 21, 2014 Debate Creationism vs. Evolution? Why Bother?
Earlier this month, Ken Ham, creator and curator of the Kentucky “creation museum,” invited Bill Nye, PBS’s “Science Guy,” to debate “origins,” which inevitably led to an contest between a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis (“young-earth creationism”) and evolution. It was, of course, a rout.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2014 The Harder They Fall
Oderint Dum Metuant: "Let them hate you so long as they fear you.” Fear secures the rule of most despots. And when that fear erodes and hatred takes over, the despot is overthrown. Such is likely to be the fate of Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.