The Flag Fetish
An article in Sunday's New York Times reports on conservative hostility to Obama. He doesn't wear a flag pin, they complain, and he doesn't put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. I remember when Americans weren't obsessed with outward shows of patriotism.
Monday, November 19, 2007(1 comments)
Debate in the Desert
Logical fallacies, the Nanny State, and Hillary Clinton's experience: Reflections on the Las Vegas Debate.
Thursday, October 18, 2007(9 comments)
The Curmudgeon Party
Mike Gravel and Ron Paul should run together on a third-party ticket. They could call themselves the Maverick Party, the Odd Squad, or the Curmudgeon Party.
Friday, September 28, 2007(6 comments)
Bad Debate Questions at Dartmouth
At the Dartmouth debate the other night, Tim Russert asked at least two absurd and pernicious questions. One is "would you torture Al Quaida's #3 man to save American lives?" The second objectionable question was whether Israel would have the right to make a preemptive strike if it "felt in danger"?
"Liberal" or "Progressive"?
Hillary Clinton has claimed to be a "progressive" rather than a "Liberal." What's the difference, and is she right?
Sunday, August 12, 2007(5 comments)
Clinton: "I'm Your Girl!"
On Friday's Hardball, Chris Matthews's two women guests were invited to respond to Hillary Clinton's use of the phrase "If you want X, I'm your girl" at the recent debate in Chicago. Was
"girl," in this context, anti-feminist? he wanted to know.
Friday, July 27, 2007(3 comments)
Separation of Church & State: A Thumbnail Sketch
Who was John Locke? Jefferson considered him one of the three most important men who ever lived. It was Locke whose ideas provided the basis for many aspects of our Constitution, including the separation of church and state. Locke himself was a devout Christian.
Monday, March 26, 2007
A Royal Pardon?
The presidential pardon is a vestige of monarchy. Will our King George III pardon Scooter Libby?
The State, That's Me!
How George W. Bush more closely resembles a 17th-century absolute monarch than the leader of a free republic.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006(4 comments)
A critique of contemporary Christianity, with its simplistic notions of causality, its hostility to science, and its intolerance of ambiguity, complexity, and dissidence.
Friday, October 13, 2006(2 comments)
THE HAPPY EMPIRE
Our two greatest faults as Americans are provincialism and a deficit of historical imagination. Too often we lack a sense of historical depth and density. We have become indifferent both to our own ancestors and to future generations.
Thursday, October 12, 2006(2 comments)
Did the Republicans learn how to frame our political debates by reading George Orwell?