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Mark Petersen has a B. A. in Speech Communications/Public Address & Rhetoric and is currently a Master of Humanities candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Denver. His writing and studies focus on rhetorical criticism and political ideologies. He is a registered member of the Green Party and strongly supports third party participation rather than accepting the legitimacy of the two wings of the current corporate party.
The Problem With Ism's
Democracy is the book. The ideologies within democracy, the ism's, are the chapters inside the book. The problem we confront is an attempt to rule from the chapters, rather than the book. Democracy is an experiment. When the ism's attempt to rewrite the book, the experiment fails, and the citizens suffer.
Friday, March 2, 2007
Dear John Edwards; A thumbs up, with some questions
I had the opportunity to attend your speech yesterday at the Auraria campus in downtown Denver. Overall I give it a thumb's up, but lets take a look at what you said, and what you didn't say. Perhaps you can clarify a few things for me.
Thursday, February 22, 2007(1 comments)
Ward Churchill: Down But Not Out
Professor Ward Churchill committed the unpardonable sin; he questioned the prevailing wisdom. He dared to actually offer an opinion that differed with the status quo. And for this, he has been vilified by the media and by public officials. This article isn't about what he did, or may have done, or even about the words he used. It's about why it matters.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
What we have in the current administration is absolute refusal to not only be held accountable for their actions and policies, but one that won't even allow discussion about them. What we have is an administration that stonewalls any attempt to get the truth out to we the people. Its one thing to refuse to answer the questions posed to them , but quite another to take the juvenile approach of attacking the messenger.
Monday, January 29, 2007(1 comments)
Is There An Ethical Crisis In The U.S. Today?
What is a crisis? Essentially it involves a point of change; a turning point. Ethics involves moral principles and values, right vs. wrong, and standards of conduct. We have reached a turning point in this country; an ethical turning point.
A look at a few of the issues and conclusions.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
The organization was conceived in the garage of an entrepreneurial rightwing think tank. It IPO'd late in the year 2000, and officially opened its doors for business early in 2001. It has since grown into an unprecedented multinational corporation with expansionist tendencies. Soon, the annual shareholder's meeting will take place.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Lead, Follow or Get Out Of The Way
There are many ways of differentiating progressive vs. conservative. In one respect, conservativism is an attempt to hold on, to conserve what has already been gained as well as a distaste for change. Progressivism, on the other hand, signifies moving forward. It signifies growth. So I have been thinking about just what growth entails.
Monday, September 25, 2006
How Do You Know?
Much of political debate resides in the realm of opinion. It seeks answers as to what we think. Of all the possible questions one might ask in any situation, on any issue or of any person, perhaps the most important question of all is how do you know. In Plato's "The Republic" Socrates lays out a hierarchy of thought that runs from opinion to knowledge. Imbedded within that scale at the bottom is illusion. Moving up the scale
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Anything But Scriptural
Shows that the current attempt to outlaw gay marriage is not actually scriptural. Examples are given to show how Jesus handled similar situations. Although the Bible is relatively silent about homosexuality, especially in regards to Jesus himself, it is in a similar category with other so called "sins".