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I'm a retired philosophy professor at Centre College. My last book was Posthumanity-Thinking Philosophically about the Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). I am an anti-capitalist.

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Ukraine, stop war, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Biden and his foreign-policy crew are geopolitical psychopaths Instead of using our immense wealth and power to organize an effort against global warming, Biden is spending $228 million per day to fuel a proxy war with Russia that is splitting Europe into hostile blocs. He is "punishing" Russia for doing what we would have done if Mexico joined an anti-American military alliance that engaged in war games and deployed missiles close to our border.
Embryo approximately 8-10th week from conception, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 4, 2022
Misunderstanding "person" and "human life" obscures the abortion controversy The issue in abortion is not whether a human's life begins at conception. Of course it does. But it doesn't follow that a zygote is a person even though it is alive and human. Misundertanding the terms involved here has given rise to two extreme and indefensible positions: (1) that any abortion is the moral equivalent of homicide or murder, and (2) abortion is justifiable on demand at any time in a pregnancy.
Stepan Bandera d. 1959. Nazi collaborator and Ukrainian national hero, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 15, 2022
Biden's reckless pursuit of Cold War 2 The simple-minded narrative of our government and mainstream media is that the Ukraine war is a climactic struggle between Democracy and Authoritarianism. In fact, it is a civil war caused by a U.S.-instigated coup in 2014, which put in place a regime compromised by Neo-Nazi parties and militias. The U.S. intends to prolong this war in order to weaken Russia militarily and economically.
Child Gazing at Rubble in Yemen, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2022
The blind jingoism of the U.S. narrative about Ukraine War is evil, inhuman, and I don't argue that Putin is justified. But our expansion of NATO to Russia's borders, including an offer of membership to Ukraine, was a provocation with a foreseeable result. Deliberately provoking an invasion makes the inciter (the West) share moral responsibility with the invader. Also, the media's Ukraine narrative is racist in ignoring the atrocities we are helping the Saudis inflict on Yemen.
Locator map for separatist Donbass and Crimea (annexed by Russia), From MyPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 8, 2022
The hypocrisy and dishonesty of U.S. policy in Ukraine The mainstream media coverage of the Ukraine crisis fails to provide adequate context for the Russian troop deployments at the Ukrainian border. When we take into account the U.S. role in overthrowing the democratically elected President of Ukraine in 2014, and our broken promise not to expand NATO toward Russia's border, Putin's demand that NATO pledge not to admit Ukraine is reasonable.
.This is not who we are as a people ...., From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Is the Democrats' 'democracy' a bigger lie than Trump's Big Lie? It's clear that Republicans in many states are changing electoral laws to let them gain partisan control of election results. It seems that their attempted coup in Jan. 6 was merely a rehearsal. The two-party system is finished, but Democrats seem at a loss over what to do in this new reality. They are hampered by their own BIG LIE, their pretense that their party still wants a democracy worth fighting for.
Steven Donziger, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 29, 2021
Global environmental outlaw Chevron is polluting our court system with its malicious prosecution of Steve Donziger The malicious prosecution of Steven Donziger by an ecocidal corporation abetted by corrupt judges and ignored by the New York congressional delegation and the federal government is not just a horrible injustice against one individual. It is also one more demonstration of the penetration and control of our legal and political system by large corporations.
Sara Nelson AFA President, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Sara Nelson could revive the AFL-CIO. She understands the revolutionary potential of the labor movement. In June of 2022 the 12.1-million-member AFL-CIO will hold a crucial election to replace Rich Trumka, its president from 2009 until his death on Aug. 5 of this year. Interim president Liz Shuler will be challenged by Sara Nelson, the militant and charismatic president of the 50,000-member Association of Flight Attendants (AFA). If she wins, she could halt the decline of the labor movement and bring revolutionary change.
Texas School Book Depository assassination site, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 11, 2021
The Kennedy Assassination was a military-industrial coup d'e'tat It's hard for us to see ourselves as living in a country that has been transformed by a violent, internally generated regime-change operation. We think of "regime change" as what the CIA does to other countries, including Iran, Indonesia and most of Latin America. But this same rogue agency staged a coup d'e'tat on Nov. 22, 1963 that confirmed the U.S. as a national security state ruling a global capitalist empire.
american guernica 2020, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 1, 2021
By not charging Trump for treason, our nation forfeits self-respect The Constitution says that, "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. 'Levying war' includes any armed insurrection to obstruct a law of the United States. Trump's insurrectionists were trying to obstruct something even more fundamental: the process of electing a President and Congress--the foundation of all our law.
2021.01.22 DC Street, Washington, DC USA 022 30214-Edit, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 12, 2021
Unless we end the filibuster, our democracy will fail There is an air of lunacy in Congress. We face economic, health and climate crises requiring our national government to think and act big on the scale of a war mobilization. But a fanatically anti-democratic and anti-government GOP minority in the Senate is using an outdated procedural rule (the filibuster) to obstruct them. Democrats have the power to change this, but seems afraid to act.
Trump Turns MAGA Mobs Loose on Congress, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2021
With Trump's acquittal, the U.S. becomes a failed state In an ominous victory for authoritarianism, the legislative branch has willingly submitted to a violent assault by the executive branch. During the trial, many GOP senators showed in word and behavior their indifference to the powerful and emotional presentation by the House managers. As Ted Cruz said, "The result of this trial is preordained. . . the trial is a waste of time." A maskless Rand Paul doodled.
Justin Trudeau, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 2, 2021
O Canada! What has happened to you? Canada seems like a cool and enlightened country for having things like single-payer health insurance and legalized weed. But it has become a bad actor on the international stage, facilitating some of the worst U.S. foreign policies and damaging the planet with its toxic oil. It has collaborated with the U.S. in a sanctions regime that has cost tens of thousands of lives in Venezuela.
2013 election in Venezuela, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 20, 2020
U.S. sanctions are killing tens of thousands of Venezuelans softly Our government and corporate media falsely blame the Venzuelan government for the catastrophic effects of economic sanctions imposed by the United States. The U.S. has used its control over the international banking system to block banks and businesses from transactions with Venezuela. These sanctions have caused tens of thousands of deaths. Venezuela has not attacked or harmed the U.S. Its only offense is committing socialism
Joe Biden - Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Biden's victory has left us in a dark place When I saw the record numbers of early in-person and mail-in votes, I indulged the fantasy that a powerful cleansing wave of ballots cast by an angry and disgusted citizenry would wash away our national shame on Nov. 3. It would topple a regime of grifters and incompetents led by an infantile sociopath, and shatter the political party that inflicted it on us. Trump did lose the election, but so much else didn't happen.
Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Trump and the politics of disrespect Although many members of our elite find Trump repulsive, they may be reacting to an uncensored exhibition of what they (fear to) see in themselves. He is the Id of the American ruling class. One of the most striking features of Trumpism is disrespect toward everyone and every institution that gets in his way.
The Leader, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2020
Trump has confessed to mass reckless homicide Woodward has exposed Trump as guilty of mass reckless homicide. "Reckless," means "Behavior that is so careless that it is considered an extreme departure from the care a reasonable person would exercise in similar circumstances." Trump's deliberate misinformation and bad example continue to cause many of the nearly 200,00 deaths and millions of illnesses nationwide. His behavior makes him a criminal.
coronavirus, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 16, 2020
Capital in the American economy acts like a virus The sickness that is causing the life of our society to ebb is more than just the coronavirus. What a virus does to the cells of a human body is similar to what we have allowed private capital to do to human labor and natural resources. Capital hijacks life-sustaining human labor and natural resources in order to grow itself endlessly in the form of profit. This sickness is neoliberal capitalism.
Protest, From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 13, 2020
The lives of people of color have never mattered to the U.S. empire Racism is a legacy American whites have inherited from their European ancestors. Can the U.S. ever free itself from racism at home without putting an end to the racism in its treatment of other peoples? There is a long and sordid history linking Christopher Columbus to Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on the throat of George Floyd and slowly choking him to death in front of horrified witnesses.
Esper, Bezos and the defense of wealth, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 7, 2020
The urgent need for the left to unite in a national anti-capitalist party As the economic disaster of the pandemic unfolds, American billionaires are achieving complete domination over society. The word 'republic' derives from the Latin 'res publica', a public thing. Our Republic has been privatized. The Democratic Party is dead for the left.

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