Letters to the Editor
from Donald Meinshausen, E.J. Totty, Ward Griffiths, and Chris Claypoole
There's No Such Thing As "Goodminton"
by L. Neil Smith
Election 2006 has come and gone, uprooting Bible-thumpers, born
again warmongers, xenophobes, torturers, and homo-haters, replacing
them with what will soon prove to be endless hordes of food fascists,
tree huggers, Luddites, energy Nazis, anti-smokers, animal rights (but
never human rights) crazies, acid rain, ozone depletion, and global
warming hoaxers, Sandalistas, and gun-grabbing victim disarmament
Frying Pans and Fires
by Chris Claypoole
The recently concluded elections across the country
have produced another alleged change in who rules us. At the time of this
writing, the Dems have re-taken the House of Representatives and the Senate
nationally. Here in Maryland, the Dems have re-taken the governorship and
added to an already overwhelming majority in both houses of the Maryland
Assembly (state legislature). Locally, the voters seem to think that divided
government is good for the country, but one-party iron rule is good for Maryland.
Dances With Comcast
by Jonathan David Morris
I've had a lot of bad experiences with utility
companies. Never in my life have I had one as bad as
my recent run-in with cable giant Comcast. After
closing on our new house last Friday, my wife and I
spent the entire next day sitting around waiting for a
cable TV/Internet/digital phone installation that, as
of this writing, still hasn't happened.
No, We Won't All Be Speaking Arabic Next Year
by Doug Newman
Lies are powerful things. Hitler knew that if you just
tell lies often enoughno matter how outrageous they might bepeople
will believe them. Just keep lying and lying and lying.
The Capitalist Manifesto
by Peter Jones
Freedom. The seven letter backbone of our civilization, the
supposed the underpinning of all western culture and society. Many
millions of people have willingly endured the horrors of war in order
to defend this abstract principle. Its emergence and spread has been
the dominate geopolitical trend of the past two centauries, a trend
which shows no sign of ebbing as we enter the new millennium. Yet
what does it mean to be free? No term evoked so frequently is
shrouded in a greater cloud of ambiguity. This lack of understanding
presents a grave danger to ideology of liberty, as that which is
known only through dogmatic acceptance cannot stand the test of time.
If the reasoning behind a belief is not known, it is mere
inevitability that this creed will soon disappear.
What Flags of Our Fathers Forgot
by Scott Kauzlarich
I went to see Flags of our Fathers this weekend
and I was expecting a pro-war movie, a Saving Private Ryan in the Pacific
type of deal. I'm happy to report that this was not the case. Self-sacrifice
was not glamorized; there was no glorious victory. The film was supposedly
about the battle of Iwo Jima but in fact, little attention was paid to the
battle or its outcome except as the setting for the famous flag-raising
picture. The movie spent most of its time recounting the manipulation of
the flag-raising soldiers and their families by the government in order to
sell bonds. The tone of Flags is decidedly anti-war and anti-state, which
is not surprising since it was directed by Clint Eastwood, a self-described
It's Your Choice
by Lady Liberty
Too many times in too many elections, most of us have
felt forced to cast our votes for the lesser evil. It seems that all too
often a candidate representing the greater good just didn't exist.
Unfortunately, even when such candidates do exist, we find reasons not to
vote for them. We worry that we're throwing our vote away because our
preferred candidate can't win. We're convinced that voting for our
preferred candidate will merely take votes away from the person we consider
the lesser evil, allowing the greater evil to win. We're afraid that we
might know enough about the candidates to vote wisely, but that too many
others haven't even heard of "our" candidate.
A Word to the Unwise
by L. Neil Smith
It's time for a big fat "I told you so" to all you Republicans,
conservatives, neoconservatives, and neolibertarians who are reeling
with surprise and shock over what happened to them the first Tuesday
in November. You people screwed up bigtime, and you got it all back,
in the shorts, in one long evening in hell you'll remember all your
Lawsuit Challenges Academic 'Freedom'
by Wendy McElroy
Does a professor have the right to require his students
to comply with a certain political or social view in order to pass a course?
Can universities demand that students observe policies that conflict with
their religious views or restrict their First Amendment rights? A lawsuit
filed by a Missouri college student may soon provide some answers to these
questionswith important implications for academia.
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