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Exposing the War on Women

posted by Gus diZerega

I hope every American gets to see this ad, maybe several times.  From a Pagan perspective what is happening is really important because it is an attempt to dismiss the importance of the feminine in all its forms except the […]

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What’s with all the fuss about SOPA and PIPA?

posted by Gus diZerega

A friend of mine well versed in these matters and appreciative of problems on both sides has recommended this analysis as the best she has come across for understanding the issues at stake and why we should care.

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Thoughts on Ron Paul

posted by Gus diZerega

Ron Paul is an interesting presidential candidate, a frustrating mix of the very good with the very bad, arriving in the form of a man who actually seems to believe something and is willing to tell prospective voters things that […]

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Insights on what’s happening in Russia – and why it’s relevant to us

posted by Gus diZerega

Alexei Navalny is one of the young Russians deeply involved in the broad outpouring of protest against the fraudulent election that returned Vladimir Putin to power.  In this interview he explains the crucial role of the internet and blogs in […]

Occupy Wall Street goes worldwide

posted by Gus diZerega

The OWS movement has triggered worldwide support, most ll of it peaceful and likely in the hundreds of thousands.  There were 951 demonstrations planned in 81 countries.  Worldwide corporate aristocracy has triggered worldwide solidarity.  A site that gives a sense […]

Two petitions that can help safeguard our religious freedom

posted by Gus diZerega

Both petitions are to the White House.  In my view Obama has neither the bravery nor the integrity to do much, but the publicity is important. You have to get a White House password, but that seems no big deal. […]

Married lesbian couple saved many lives in Norway

posted by Gus diZerega

I have just learned about a married lesbian couple, Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen who performed an act of incredible bravery in an event covered around the world, and received next to no coverage in the US media.   who were […]

Good news about solar power is good news at many levels

posted by Gus diZerega

I just saw a great article by Stephen Lacey  linked to on Crooked Timber on how the price of solar power is falling very rapidly.  This has been a long term trend, and shows no signs of slowing.  The rate […]

Abortion, Slavery, and Women

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most deeply rooted differences between almost every Pagan and conservative Christians is our diametrically opposed views of women and the feminine.  We exalt the feminine as Sacred, they denigrate it as spiritually inferior to their male deity.  Women […]

Solving the puzzle that is Barack Obama

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below After his first months in office Barack Obama increasingly perplexed me, particularly for the fraudulent way he campaigned and then turned on his most dedicated supporters. I was particularly alarmed at his disdain for our constitutional principles and […]

Sauron at the Air Force Academy

posted by Gus diZerega

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, made of up Americans who take the Constitution seriously, is blowing the whistle on the  Sauronic imbeciles masquerading as “christians” who still wield distressing power at the US Air Force Academy.  This kind of ‘religion’ […]

Koran Burning and the Logic of Empire

posted by Gus diZerega

General Petraeus has warned that if Korans are burned by Sauronic bigots our troops will be in greater danger.  This has ignited a fascinating debate over at Huffingtonpost as to whether these imbeciles have the right to burn the book. […]

Thoughts about the real reasons for opposition to Social security

posted by Gus diZerega

I have long been wondering why such deep antagonism against Social Security exists among so many prominent people in this country.  Under George Bush while Medicare suffered very genuine financial perils Republican politicians and conservative leaders never mentioned its problems […]

Republican Attorney for George Bush, Whose Wife Died on 9-11, FAVORS Cordoba House

posted by Gus diZerega

Hopefully this statement by Ted Olson, the chief attorney for George Bush in Bush vs. Gore and leading Republican lawyer, whose wife died when the plane she was on crashed into the Pentagon, will put the coup de grace on […]

Why Interfaith is a Good Idea: Muslim Imams at Dachau

posted by Gus diZerega

An important story to be followed, maybe, by Jews and Muslims visiting Auschwitz and Sebrenica, Bosnia, where thousands of Muslims were slaughtered.

Digby’s Perceptive Political Analysis

posted by Gus diZerega

Digby’s blog is a treasure in my view, and her analysis of Obama and the Democrats’ current political situation is brief and as good as anything I’ve read.

Hitler, Obama, and Thomas Sowell’s Intellectual Collapse

posted by Gus diZerega

Economist Thomas Sowell received a lot of attention for a piece he just wrote comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.  As Sowell explained, “To find anything comparable to crowds’ euphoric reactions to Obama, you would have to go back to […]

Al Franken’s Wonderful Speech on ‘Conservative’ Legal Degeneracy

posted by Gus diZerega

Al Franken gave a thoughtful and disturbing speech to the American Constitution Society on the legal and moral bankruptcy of the Federalist Society and ‘conservative’ jurisprudence.  Anyone who believes that ‘conservatism’ as it currently exists has anything to do with […]

Lest We Forget- Robert C. Cheeks’ Cowardice Under Fire

posted by Gus diZerega

The jack booted wing of Catholicism, brought to you regularly by First Things.  UPDATE (and further update) This initial post connected you to Robert Cheeks’ blog entry endorsing killing demonstrators at Ken State because it led to “order.”  That he […]

Rewriting History and Cultural Destruction

posted by Gus diZerega

It turns out that in 1980, when Reagan was running against Jimmy Carter for President, Republican leaders worked behind the back of the US Government to obstruct negotiations to free American hostages held in Teheran.  Carter’s failure to achieve release helped […]

That ‘Other’ May Day

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE: Parts of this post have been polished and clarified.   May Day is first and foremost a celebration of life in all the earth.  But historically it has also been a celebration of those whose work sustains the modern […]

ACORN Framed by Conservatives

posted by Gus diZerega

Video tapes Fox and others made such a big deal about concerning corruption at ACORN were edited to show the opposite of what happened.  ‘Conservatism’ today is not an honorable political force contesting with different ideas and priorities, let alone, […]

On Ignorance, Termites, Religion, Love and Atrocity

posted by Gus diZerega

The world is complex and our knowledge of it is small.  Each and every one of us benefits from knowledge we do not have used by people we do not know.  Virtually nothing we “know” is based on first hand […]

Right Wing Violence Escalating?

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATED MOST RECENTLY 3/29, 9 am pst. A old anti-government hypocrite living off Social Security disability payments is becoming a focal point for organized violent intimidation.  Incidents of violent intimidation have escalated since health care reform was passed.  Rachel Maddow […]

The Reason for So Many Lies Over Health Care Reform

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been perplexed at the vicious intensity of Republican and ‘conservative’ attacks on health care reform, even in its rather minimal form.  They have lied about “death panels,”  lied about their interest in “bipartisanship,” lied about its impact on […]

Right Wing ‘Traditional’ Values

posted by Gus diZerega

Lest we forget… Right wingers are to traditional values as Fox News is to truth.

Corruption in Religious Organizations

posted by Gus diZerega

A major theme in my understanding of religion and spirituality is that religious organizations are not so much a means to grow in genuine spirituality, as they enable many people to come together and engage in spiritual practice as a […]

Texas BOE Removes Thomas Jefferson from American History

posted by Gus diZerega

Yes, the Sauronic imbeciles that make up a majority of the Texas Board of “Education” have just voted to removed mention of Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States, and better human being […]

Iraq and Losing the American Soul

posted by Gus diZerega

Like people, no country is all good and no country is all bad.  Great heroism can occur in the worst of times and great evils can happen among the most enlightened of peoples.  That said, the impact of some countries has […]

American Power Breeds Ignorance

posted by Gus diZerega

The “war” between certain kinds of religion and science is continuing unabated.  The village atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris use this kind of thing to lambast religion in general, just as Christian Fundamentalists give all kinds of […]

John Mackey of Whole Foods, Libertarian Blindness, and New Age Spirituality

posted by Gus diZerega

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, is at it again, using his version of libertarianism to deny global warming.  It is a false crisis that responding to would impoverish and enslave us.  Even a writer who has long defended him […]

Is it True “the system worked”? Actually, Yes.

posted by Gus diZerega

Have long since parted in the mainstream media where DHS head Janet Napolitano is being savaged by all manner of bottom dwellers and stenographers pretending to be journalists for allegedly saying “the system worked” after Abdulmutallab’s failed  Christmas Day attempt to destroy […]

Deception in the ‘Organic Food’ Industry

posted by Gus diZerega

Silk” soy products has just been exposed for utterly unethical behavior in the organic food market.  For its parent company, corporate giant Dean Foods, this is not the first time.

The Health Care Bill as UnAmerican Travesty (Maybe & Maybe Not)

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE 12/21 – below Like many people I’ve been torn both ways by the health care bill that Corporate America’s representatives in the Senate and White House are trying to give us.  If passed it would definitely help some people […]

‘Christians’ Killing Kids Accused of Being Witches

posted by Gus diZerega

I dream of the time when “Christians” so concerned with others’ sins begin paying attention to the travesties being done in their own name such as  killing kids for being witches . 

Absolute PROOF the Profit Motive Can NEVER Be Relied On to Insure Us

posted by Gus diZerega

A healthy four month old baby has been denied insurance because of a ‘pre-existing condition’ – he is too fat.  He is fed entirely with breast milk. If health care reform occurs, underwriting will go away. We do it because […]

Frank Schaeffer on Fundamentalism and Village Idiots

posted by Gus diZerega

Ever since Cheryl brought Rachel Maddow’s interview of Frank Schaeffer  to my attention, I’ve dithered and agonized over whether to post it.  Frank Schaeffer is a former leading member of the religious right who was deeply involved in Republican Party […]

Lest We Forget: Torture, Cheney, Murder, and Depravity

posted by Gus diZerega

Some time earlier this blog was a scene of considerable discussion as various self-described religious people attempted to justify torture.  A common claim as I remember was that it worked, that it saved American lives. Dick Cheney said that so […]

A Pagan Reason Not to Shop at Whole Foods

posted by Gus diZerega

John Mackey, the dishonest CEO  of Whole Foods, has caused quite a stir with his foolish editorial about why we do not need health care reform.  Many people, myself included, have decided to boycott the chain until Mackey is looking […]

Thugs in Action

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the interesting things about these disruptions of democracy is how many of the hooligans are older.  Most are on Medicare, many are eligible for, and use, the VA.  Both are government programs with few critics other than the […]

Sotomayer Appointment Good for Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

Jason over at Wild Hunt has some very good insights on why every Pagan should be thrilled with Sonia Sotomayer‘s selection for the Supreme Court.  Jason’s post is up to his usual excellent standards – give it a read and […]

Religion and Torture: Two disturbing news reports

posted by Gus diZerega

Mormons Disproportionately Involved in Torture Regular Church goers are more likely to approve of torture than others, Evangelicals scored highest of all, at over 60%.

Pagan Charities

posted by Gus diZerega

Anne Hill, who has a wonderfully irreverent blog of her own,  just sent me a  very useful link to charities in harmony with a polytheistic worldview.  The list recommends other sites and urges people to send in their own suggestions, […]

Is this Blog Too Political?

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been taken to task for my curt response to Mike who responded to my post on John Boehner and torture.  My reply has grown to being a small post of its own that I hope will interest a […]

Witchcraft Persecution Today

posted by Gus diZerega

Eagle-eyed Valerie Voigt has again sent me an important link.  It is to a UN publication on contemporary persecution of witches.  It is calledWitchcraft Allegations, Refugee Protection and Human Rights: A Review of the Evidence, produced by the United Nations […]

More on Organizational Corruption

posted by Gus diZerega

The New York Times today has an article on how key members of the American Catholic hierarchy had been warned by their own experts as early as 1952 not to reinstate pedophile priests because they could not be cured, and […]

Chickens Coming Home to Roost on US War Crimes

posted by Gus diZerega

The Washington Post reported in a front page article,  that in retrospect the Bush regime’s practice of torture saved no lives, led to no critical information, foiled no plots, and like most everything else that group told the American people, […]

Religious Right Leader Sees the Light

posted by Gus diZerega

Courtesy the Huffington Post, this piece by Frank Schaeffer is worth the read.

Obama Returns us to the Rule of Law

posted by Gus diZerega

Because I was very critical of President Obama’s  trying to defend some of the twisted logic and even more twisted morals of the Bush administration regarding the fate of innocent people tortured under American authority, I want to praise, praise. […]

Religious Decline and Pagan Renaissance?

posted by Gus diZerega

USA Today reports  the American Religious Identification Survey reports the number of people reporting they have no religion continues to increase in the United States. Fifteen percent of those replying said they had no religion.  In 2001 the number was […]

Better Babies Get AIDS than Promiscuous Mothers get treatment – Sen. Shultheis

posted by Gus diZerega

I had earlier blogged how religious zealot Rep. Scott Renfroe of Colorado argued that according to the Bible gays should be executed.  Later, in the comments, one reader who identified himself as a ‘Reverend’ applauded Renfroe’s words.  I quickly commented […]

Pagan Insights on Conservative Political Hypocrisy

posted by Gus diZerega

I have long been perplexed, and more than perplexed, by the seeming contradiction between the more intelligent right wingers’ stirring defenses of ‘freedom,’ ‘the rule of law,’ and ‘small government’ and their cheer-leading for George Bush, who under-mined these values […]

Culture Warriors and the Threat of Violence

posted by Gus diZerega

Barack Obama’s decisive win throughout almost the entire United States gave many of us hope that the threat of religious persecution and authoritarianism would begin to fade from our land.  To the degree that they could, a majority of Americans […]

Leviticus, Gays and Shrimp: What’s Fair for the Goose…

posted by Gus diZerega

Some of those who commented on an early blog of mine on the Bible and abortion questioned whether a Pagan should address so-called “Christian” beliefs.  Among other points, I answered that when these so-called “Christians” based their political opinions on […]

A Wiccan’s Reply to a Mormon’s Query

posted by Gus diZerega

Dave Banack over at Mormon Inquiry   is wondering what the deeper spiritual meaning might be for the growing toleration of Wiccans and other NeoPagans in America today.  On the one hand, we demonstrably aren’t particularly dangerous to anyone, but on […]

Meditations on Florence, Italy

posted by Gus diZerega

 I am staying in an old monastery just below the hill town of Fiesole, a longish walk up the hill from Florence, Italy. Luxurious by the standards of those who long lived here, my small room has a single bed […]

The Spiritual Virtue in Buying Locally

posted by Gus diZerega

For me, one of the hardest things about being a Pagan is living in a society where nothing has value in itself.  Our world is believed to be made up of things – people occasionally exempted unless they are in […]

Of Religion and Politics: A Pagan View

posted by Gus diZerega

The disturbing entry of right wing religion into American politics over the past few decades raises an important question for all of us with a spiritual commitment: how should our spirituality appropriately influence our lives as citizens?  As citizens we […]

Pachamama Recognized in New Bolivian Constitution

posted by Gus diZerega

Thanks to globum for this image We residents of los Estados Unidos are not the only Americans with good reason to celebrate. The people of Bolivia have just voted in a constitution that for the first time recognizes the rights […]

The Religious Right, Torture, and ‘Christianity’

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the interesting if disturbing issues unfolding before us now is the frenzied defense of torture by many right wing ‘Christians’ and their allies in the media.  Bill O’Reilly who makes more noise as a supposed defender of Christianity […]

It’s Morning in America. Our long national nightmare is over. But oooh, the hangover…

posted by Gus diZerega

I am sure I am not alone among my readers in having partied long and well last night.  What a wonderful day.  I know it is alwys risky to invest too much hope in a political leader, for whom so […]

Corporate Media vs the Internet

posted by Gus diZerega

There has been a lot of discussion as to whether newspapers as they currently exist can survive the age of the internet.  I want to suggest that no, they won’t, and further, that this is a good thing.  A very […]

Thoughts on the Crisis in American Conservatism

posted by Gus diZerega

I have recently seen many discussions by conservatives, real and feigned, attempting to analyze the collapse of the Republican Party at the polls and the apparent repudiation of ‘conservatism’, with no sign of any improvement in the next elections in […]

The Tragedy of Classical Liberalism

posted by Gus diZerega

               All wars suffer casualties on both sides.  Worse, there is always substantial collateral damage.  The wars against liberal civilization, both hot and cold, that punctuated the Twentieth Century were no exception.  Liberalism emerged triumphant, […]

Thoughts on the Election I.

posted by Gus diZerega

George Bush has left a fearful wreckage behind him.  Most of those who will read this blog will think of our constitution, justice system, military, foreign policy, health policy, and environmental policy as examples, and you will not be wrong.  […]

The Most Important Election of My Life (I hope)

posted by Gus diZerega

I think Kagro X at Daily Kos got it right in the fewest words: “It’s a great day for Democrats and Republicans alike. For Democrats, Barack Obama was elected President. For Republicans, there was finally dancing in the streets and […]

I am Interviewed

posted by Gus diZerega

Jason Pitzi-Waters at the wonderful Wild Hunt Blog interviews me about issues raised in Beyond the Burning Times, a book of Pagan-Christian dialogue jointly written by m’self and Philip Johnson, an Australian Evangelical.  He will soon have an interview with […]

1984 AMERICAN STYLE

posted by Gus diZerega

Who then would have guessed George Orwell’s predictions in his novel 1984 might simply have been premature?  One of the novel’s most memorable features was depicting the endless stream of lies the government used to manipulate the people and justify […]

A False Jay Leno Quote

posted by Gus diZerega

Today I received a false quote supposedly from Jay Leno. It is making the rounds enough to appear on Snopes, which identifies it as a lie. Leno never said it. But its content typifies the attitude of all too many […]

Wonderful Video on Salmon and Salmon Farms

posted by Gus diZerega

Salmon are one of the wonders of life on earth. The plight of wild salmon due to corporate salmon farms and the parasites and poisons for which they are responsible is appalling to those of us who have followed the […]

Ethics and the Death Penalty

posted by Gus diZerega

The following was on Atrios today. A Dallas man who spent more than 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was freed Tuesday, after being incarcerated longer than any other wrongfully convicted U.S. inmate cleared by DNA […]

The Crisis in Our Ruling Elite

posted by Gus diZerega

The Bush years have increasingly worried me that our political system has entered into terminal old age, where members of a self-perpetuating ruling elite become fixated on their perks and privileges while utterly losing touch with the rest of the […]

Corporations and the Media

posted by Gus diZerega

Courtesy of Glenn Greenwald at Salon, we find that the corporate media has reported on the major issues facing Americans with the following emphasis: In the past two weeks, the following events transpired. A Department of Justice memo, authored by […]

Heretical Thoughts About Taxes

posted by Gus diZerega

I will appreciate it if anyone has thoughtful criticisms of the following. Ideologues unconcerned with actual events need not waste their (and my) time. We have seen that Wall Street has both helped itself to enormously disproportionate incomes due to […]

Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the Democratic Peace

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most important developments in the modern world is the rise of democracies to becoming the dominant part of the world’s population, and economic and military power. The chief reason this unprecedented development is important is that only […]

Obama’s 2002 Speech Against War on Iraq.

posted by Gus diZerega

This is Barack Obama’s speech against going to war in Iraq. He spoke when others such as myself also opposed the war and took constant flak from right wingers and their Democratic enablers. At the same time some, like Hillary […]

Obama For President

posted by Gus diZerega

A friend asked me who I supported for President. She knew it would be either Clinton or Obama. As things now stand I would vote for a box turtle for President over any likely Republican candidate. But why Obama and […]

SPIRIT and POLITICS, a Pagan View

posted by Gus diZerega

This post fulfills a promise I made in the Solstice post below. The extraordinary and disturbing entry of religion into American politics over the past few decades raises an important question for all people with a spiritual commitment: how should […]

The New Fifth Column

posted by Gus diZerega

The photograph on the right is of a Moslem suicide bomber, holding a Koran. But the photograph on the left is of US soldiers holding a Bible. The similarity is not accidental. All see themselves as warriors for God. Jason […]

Jamie Leigh Jones and the Crisis of Classical Liberalism

posted by Gus diZerega

The obvious failings of our court system have encouraged some free market theorists to support binding arbitration a more efficient alternative. In doing so many of the greates failings of classical liberal thought come to a head: its lack of […]

A Sign of Hope

posted by Gus diZerega

For me, one of the most depressing aspects of the past seven years is that it seems so many Americans forgot what they learned in the 60s, and many of those born since did not learn from our experience. In […]

When Religion Matters in the Wrong Place II.

posted by Gus diZerega

While Huckabee and Romney are teaching religious bigotry, a more painful but also more hopeful story emerged from New York City, where some of their spiritual students attempted putting their attitudes into practice. Walter Adler was with his girlfriend and […]

When Religion Matters In the Wrong Place I.

posted by Gus diZerega

Today I saw two related stories, one awful, but also inspiring, the other disgusting, but expected. I will make two separate posts from them, but they belong together The disgusting-but-expected one is the current dust up between Southern Baptist minister […]

Time Magazine Hides the Truth, Suppresses Criticism of Its Lies

posted by Gus diZerega

My post is short – but this link from Glenn Greenwald at Salon explains all that needs explaining. The mainstream corporate media is one of the greatest threats to the survival of American democracy. Every day its behavior demonstrates why […]

Taser-Happy Cops – A Solution

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below Friedrich Nietzsche once remarked (in German) “Power makes stupid.” Recent articles about the overly enthusiastic use of tasers by cops (the term ‘police officer’ overly dignifies these thugs) are a good confirmation of his observation. My example is […]

Waterboarding and Dixie (not what you think)

posted by Gus diZerega

Courtesy of John Cole at Balloon Juice, who credits the original discovery to Andrew Sullivan, this is too good not to post, even though I’m so busy I can scarcely sit down. Sullivan writes: “Waterboarding was sometimes used in the […]

American Political Sclerosis, Pt. I

posted by Gus diZerega

http://www.peterkuper.com/stock_jpgs_j/images/dissent_j.jpg UPDATED 11/15, 11/29 I’ve been thinking about the following for some time. Not many links right now, but there likely will be. And as I do I will update and move this post forward. Historically governments generally lasted between […]

Cool Questions for Conservatives

posted by Gus diZerega

My favorite “hard science” blog, by physicist and science fiction writer David Brin, has the following questions anyone should ask conservatives who claim to love their country: “* WOULD YOUR HACKLES RAISE IF IT WERE DEMOCRATS WHO… “…insist that it […]

Iran and Nuclear Weapons

posted by Gus diZerega

All the blustering over Iran and the bomb encourages Americans to think that Iran’s getting nuclear weapons is a disaster for the United States. The argument is not just wrong, it is stupidly wrong. First, there already is an Islamic […]

Democracy and Iraqi Public Opinion

posted by Gus diZerega

Before Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, many of us opposed the war. Some of us, myself included, predicted that if Bush and his supporters invaded, the result would be not democracy but chaos, more killing than would have been […]

Oligarchy at Work in the Culture of Mammon

posted by Gus diZerega

The Washington Post has just reported the infant formula industry hired Republican lobbyists to dampen a federal government campaign to increase breast feeding in the US. Early breast feeding is connected with lower rates of asthma and diabetes, but also […]

Corporate Attack on Science and the Gift Economy

posted by Gus diZerega

The tensions are heating up between a gift economy revitalized by the web and corporations who make money to the degree they can keep information scarce and expensive. Until recently the only way research could be made available was through […]

When in the Course of Human Events…

posted by Gus diZerega

Last October I heard Juan Enriquez give a stimulating talk on why national identity was a brand name loyalty to which could never taken for granted. I blogged about his talk here. The July/August issue of Orion has a wonderful […]

Al Gore and the Chilean Sea Bass

posted by Gus diZerega

The radical right rarely takes people on concerning the facts of an issue because so often the facts rebut their positions. Character assassination is so much more fun. The latest smear by those who thinking caring for the well being […]

Patriotism – True and False

posted by Gus diZerega

A 3700 mile drive gives a person a lot of time to think without much interruption. And that’s about the distance I drove from far upstate New York to my present landing in Sonoma County, California. Among all those thoughts […]

Exchanges With a NeoConservative

posted by Gus diZerega

What follows is an exchange with a man I knew since the sixties who was once a friend and might still become one again – who knows? We shared many good times. He later became a Neo-Conservative with whom I […]

Letter from a family whose son was killed in Iraq

posted by Gus diZerega

Our North country paper, the Watertown Daily Times, published a moving letter on Iraq from a local family whose son was killed while serving in Iraq. “Democrats right to seek end to immoral War” is the headline for a May […]

Capitalism 3.0 – A Wonderful Book

posted by Gus diZerega

For many of us who are deeply concerned with environmental issues the most frustrating part of our struggle is that while public opinion is largely in our favor, the modern world’s basic institutions are biased against us. They dance to […]

Juan Enriquez and the Break Up of Nations

posted by Gus diZerega

Politically, perhaps the most important talk given at Pop!tech was Juan Enriquez on “Transformation in Power Systems.” Enriquez is a businessman, academician, and best selling author. Curently he is chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy, a company researching and assisting startups […]

Conservatism and Faux-Masculinity

posted by Gus diZerega

The contemporary “conservative” right is an expression of pathological patriarchy. This movement makes the most extreme case for subordinating women and feminine values to their supposedly manly way of life. But, and in a grim sort of way this is […]

UPDATE discussing new research attached to my post discussing Gore’s Inconvenient Truth

posted by Gus diZerega

For more, see my piece on Gore and Inconvenient Truth – click on one of the links above…

Modern Conservatives and Psychopathy

posted by Gus diZerega

As I have watched modern conservatism degenerate into an ideology condoning, even glorifying, torture, aggressive war, political absolutism, and worse, I have wondered about the basic mental health, even sanity, of people like Bill Kristol, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George […]

Thoughts Upon Seeing ‘An Inconvenient Truth”

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE BELOW I just saw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. His site is here. Roger Ebert wrote: “In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to […]

Jefferson would be Proud

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most depressing things about the past six years has been the unending hagiography received by George Bush and his friends from the corporate media and conservative whores fattening at the Republican trough, and the public’s acceptance of […]

David Brin’s take on Adam Smith and Modern Conservatives

posted by Gus diZerega

David Brin, my favorite militant secularist, has some wise words on politics today on his blog. (Other than his usual little poke at the spiritual. But that is another discussion.) Among them are: All you have to do is imagine […]

American Liberalism

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the greatest losses to clear thinking in America has been the demonization of the term “liberal.” All that is best in America is entirely the outcome of or compatible with liberal values and liberal political principles. The Declaration […]

Tom Friedman, Energy, and How to Solve a LOT of Problems

posted by Gus diZerega

Tom Friedman, the noted New York Times columnist and author, spoke on “This Is Not Your Parents’ Energy crisis.” I came to his talk with a lot of skepticism, for Friedman helped mightily to gin up support for our attack […]

It’s Dawn in America

posted by Gus diZerega

I think future historians will write that the midterm elections of 2006 were the most important in American history. Had the results gone the other way, either through scaring voters or outright corruption (here, here) , we could probably kiss […]

Captain America’s America

posted by Gus diZerega

Rob Loftis at Big Monkey, Helpy Chalk has a great link to an account describing how Marvel’s Captain America periodically reminds young Americans what this country should be all about. Given how many so-called conservatives have forgotten it these past […]

Thomas Barnett and a world transformed

posted by Gus diZerega

Many Pop!Tech participants found Thomas Barnett’s presentation the most exciting of the conference. I am more critical for reasons to be explained below, but his was among the best overviews on America’s future place in the world that I have […]

Thoughts on the Teach-In at St. Lawrence University

posted by Gus diZerega

This afternoon we had a teach-in at St. Lawrence University. the first in a long time on the campus, and my first since the Vietnam era. The subject was “Save Our Constitution” and while some right wing professors sneered that […]

The Big Lie and the Threat of American Totalitarianism

posted by Gus diZerega

What follows is the basis of a talk I will give at a teach in here at St. Lawrence University Friday, Nov, 3, as a part of a Save Our Constitution gathering of students, faculty, and members of the Canton […]

Pop!Tech 2007

posted by Gus diZerega

Last week, from October 18 to 21, I was a participant at Pop!Tech’s 10th annual meeting in Camden, Maine. For those who do not know, and most do not, Pop!Tech was initiated by Bob Metcalfe and John Sculley to explore […]

Election Fraud in 2006?

posted by Gus diZerega

In an interview on NPR Karl Rove claims his access to private polls indicates a Republican win in the coming elections. He and George Bush are curiously serene in the face of massive public polling to the contrary. For decades […]

Links to Reports About Corrupt (and Worse) Republican Candidates

posted by Gus diZerega

Lindsey Beyerstein at Majikthese has posted a very complete list of scandals and other bad news stories about current Republican candidates. It is a long list, organized by district as well as name. These guys are among the worst of […]

The Right seeks “Civility”

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most depressing things I have learned over the past six years is that the radical Republican right is probably the most dishonest political movement to ever afflict our country. There has never been anything like it, which […]

Neoconservatism III: Bad Judgment and Bad Motives

posted by Gus diZerega

Bad Judgment added to Bad theory Those seeking to remake the world need to be able to judge wisely. Unfortunately we are not blessed to have such leadership. Bill Kristol’s judgment on matters of war and peace is akin to […]

Neoconservatism II: Democracy at the Point of a Gun

posted by Gus diZerega

Societies cannot be simply rebuilt into the form we want. Democratic societies require a foundation of attitudes and beliefs that penetrate deeply into their culture. Even Thomas Jefferson, probably among the most enthusiastic of democrats, wrote soberly and perceptively of […]

Neoconservatism I: Neocons as Anti-American

posted by Gus diZerega

This is the first of a three part post on Neoconservatives, democracy, and war. Neoconservatives have gotten our country into unprecedented trouble, and seem intent on expanding the scope of their errors and crimes still further. In their vision of […]

The Unholy Alliance: Christian Right Leaders and the Republican Elite

posted by Gus diZerega

In his essay Cogs in the Machine Digby has published one of the best analyses of the relationship of Christian Right leaders such as Pat Robertson and James Dobson, the Republican elite, and rank and file Fundamentalists that I have […]

An Honest Marine Jeaprodizes Her Career

posted by Gus diZerega

In a new ABC story, a Marine has testified under oath to rthe existence of serious abuses at Gitmo. ABC reports: “In a sworn affidavit filed with the Pentagon Inspector General, Sgt. Cerveny says she met several Navy prison guards […]

Evaluating the 650,000 dead claim

posted by Gus diZerega

The Blogosphere has been an excellent source of information and in-depth discussion of issues surrounding the English medical journal Lancet’s report that most likey somewhere in the number of 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the US invasion […]

Atrocities, Then and Now

posted by Gus diZerega

As I was looking over WWI posters on Google Image to help illustrate some of Jane Addams’ arguments about opposition to war in my Twentieth Century American Political Thought class, I discovered this poster from WWI. Back then what counted […]

The Internet and the Public Good

posted by Gus diZerega

Recent years have seen the mainstream media’s ability to serve the public by keeping tabs on Washington wither under the combination of corporate priorities, over paid and lazy talking heads, and sophisticated manipulation by the President’s media managers. It had […]

Sources on Torture, Decency and the Constitution

posted by Gus diZerega

“If I catch anyone who leaks in my government,” Bush tells Chrétien in March, 2002, “I would like to string them up by the thumbs — the same way we do with prisoners in Guantanamo.” George Bush to French prime […]

I Just Keep Getting Surprised

posted by Gus diZerega

Not only can we not trust current Republican politicians with our Constitution (signing statements, torture, habeus corpus), our government (Katrina, suppression of science), our military (Iraq) or our money (Abramoff, Iraq, the deficit, the economy), you can’t trust Republicans with […]

Silver Lining on a Very Dark Cloud

posted by Gus diZerega

I got up this morning despondent about the latest news over George Bush’s evident desire to torture people, the failure of anyone in office to genuinely stand up to him, and what that says about a country that once deserved […]

Of Flags and Republics

posted by Gus diZerega

The recent Republican attempt to pass a anti-flag burning amendment has an interesting affinity with Fundamentalist Christian’s views of the Bible. Fundamentalists worship the Bible, confusing it with God, but pay remarkably little attention to what it actually says. Orrin […]

Liberalism, Libertarianism, and the Challenge of Emergent Order

posted by Gus diZerega

I plan to write several essays on how emergent order changes the context and character of liberal thought. These essays will not be scholarly in that they will not have footnotes and the like. Instead, here and in some posts […]

Reply to a Conservative

posted by Gus diZerega

This is a slightly edited copy of a reply I sent to an old friend, a very intelligent man, who somehow remains a loyal follower of George Bush’s attempts to expand military control of others in the name of democracy: […]

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Earth Day and the Sacredness of the Earth
I think Earth Day is a particularly important moment for contemplation and commitment by us Pagans.  Often American Christian critics accuse us of “pantheism,” and in a important respect they are right.  We do find the sacred, most of us, in the earth without reference to any transcendental sp

posted 11:57:03am Apr. 20, 2012 | read full post »

Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea
I deeply believe the problems in our country are more of the heart than of the head. Here are some youtubes courtesy of John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy on Facebook. They speak more eloquently than anything I can write that interfaith work is a good

posted 1:08:25pm Apr. 12, 2012 | read full post »

The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food industry that it is hard-pressed to produce meat that won’

posted 4:03:07pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
Here  is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America's more intelligent women.  Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made that slip so very easy.

posted 12:12:35pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

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