Monthly Archives: September 2011

Obama: A disaster for civil liberties

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-turley-civil-liberties-2… Thank you to Glenn Greenwald for the link to this very important editorial.    

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I’ve read this David Brooks column before by Political Observer

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/opinion/brooks-the-lost-decade.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss           The Lost Decade is the latest intellectual entity to make for a cliché ridden column by Mr. Brooks. It is Plato with a heavy garnish of Hegel, not the most palatable repast.  But let us begin at the beginning.  … Continue reading

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Is social chaos possible in the USA? by Almost Marx

Is Occupy Wall Street a harbinger of things to come? Social chaos is not good for business. So the mass arrests of protestors in New York City are probably not surprising. But the brutality of the police is being documented … Continue reading

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Books of Interest: Public Philosopher, Selected Letters of Walter Lippmann edited by John Morton Blum

Excerpt from a letter dated October 25,1940 to Alexander Woollcott page 397: “…For while I want my friends to understand what I do, I have a fanatical conviction that columnists who undertake to interpret events should not regard themselves as … Continue reading

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Christopher Caldwell on the American Character:Guest Starring Barack Obama

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/fa9208f0-e480-11e0-92a3-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1YppvW0CO   Is it my imagination or does Mr. Christopher Caldwell, in his latest essay at the Financial Times web site titled ‘The president just does not get the American centre’, dated September 23, 2011, seem to be suffering from … Continue reading

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Tea Party Jacobins Triumphant? From Crisis to Crisis and Back Again! by Political Observer

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/22/house-vote-to-defeat-spending-bill-raises-new-government-shutdown-threat.html Is it anything like a surprise that the Tea Party Jacobins now run the Republican Party? The confidence that the old guard expressed to everyone who would listen; to the hushed tone of confidence in the ability of Washington … Continue reading

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Coincidence?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/10/the-shame-of-college-sports/8643/ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/23/opinion/the-amateur-ideal.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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