Echoes of the Sixties? Or Just my Imagination?

The news during the past year or so has been dominated in America by the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement. Violence – or threats of violence – and “controversy” make news, and the Tea Party has provided plenty of that. The more “controversial” their comments the more play they have received in the media. In the […]
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How Would You Deal with the Egyptian Crisis?

The violence in Egypt brings into sharp focus a moral dilemma that has troubled me for a long time. Should you overlook the bad things a friend does just because he (or she) is your friend? Does loyalty trump conscience? The leaders of Israel have no qualms on the topic. Hosni Mubarak is their man […]
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Rewriting History as Political Fodder

TV pundit Chris Matthews looked as if he was about to have a stroke the other night because Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann revised U.S. history so that she had the Founding Fathers abolishing slavery. That kind of historical fiction seems very popular in America these days. For example, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (see artoon above), […]
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What Did Rep. Paul Broun Learn at School?

I didn’t go to school in America so I might not be qualified to rate its education system, but judging from some of the  country’s college graduates, I have grave doubts about American education. Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia is a case in point. This guy is the son of a congressman, and grew up […]
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The President’s Speech: Obama in Wonderland

In a magical land far away, people are reasonable and goodhearted. They understand that their interests must be weighed against those of others, that they can’t get everything they want, and they sit down together to work out equitable and effective solutions to the challenges faced by their society. That was where U.S. President Barack […]
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The World will be Listening to Obama Tonight

Tonight at 9 o’clock, President Barack Obama will tell Americans how the country is coping with the challenges the Bush administration left behind. He will defend his stewardship so far, and explain his plans to revive the economy. Whatever he says, he will be criticized by some and praised by others. But I wonder whether […]
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Why the Internet is the Last Hope for “Progressives”

Will Big Brother succeed in stifling freedom on the internet? There’s a U.S. agency called the FCC that is making moves in that direction (click here for more). And, across the globe, less democratic governments than America’s are cracking down in far more obvious ways. Fortunately, the internet is a complex environment that’s very difficult […]
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What Makes These “Socialists” So Darned Happy?

The Legatum Institute, a London-based nonpartisan think tank, has released its annual list of the “happiest” countries in the world, and (according to Forbes Magazine) America came in 10th. You would think, from listening to crackpots like U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, that Americans are by far the most privileged and happiest people on earth and […]
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What You Need to Know about Obama’s Accuser

Soon, you will be submitted to a barrage of twisted and invented “facts,” spurious allegations and putrid slander directed against the president of the United States. The objective will be to discredit President Obama in preparation for the 2012 elections. The Republicans’ hatchet man will be a member of Congress named Darrell Issa. (For the […]
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