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The Corporate Mofo has ruminations on how the Matrix is influenced by gnostic christianity, the dead sea scrolls, and specifically the heresy of Origen of Alexandria.
A good read, check it out. Read more »
Calling the reaction to anti-war protestors "squashing dissent" does violence to the language, as well as profanes the memory of those who actually were squashed (or tortured, imprisoned, or killed) for dissenting.
To squash dissent, you squash it. Stop it. Apply force to silence the dissenter, either by killing them or rendering them incapable of speaking to others (by imprisonment, exile, torture (rip out the tongue, chop off hands, etc)). Read more »
...or at least, not in the sense of eliminating their candidates from the political process. If it were, then I could agree that Libertarians should bury their differences with Republicans to elect as many non-Democrats as possible.
But the goal is not to do that, but rather to restrict government and enhance liberty (social and economic) to make a free society. Republicans and Democrats occasionally do right on one of the two aspects of liberty (social or economic) but rarely (if ever) do good on both, and often do bad on both. Read more »
Nobody registers "votes against". Its only "votes for". Every vote against Gore is a vote for every lame policy initiative cooked up by Bush.
Between the two, I wanted Bush to win. But he won't get my endorsement (vote) for President- he didn't in 2000, and he's certainly not getting it in '04 (no matter how well I think O:IF has worked out). Read more »
I'm sorry, but reasonable and moral people can easily tell the difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist.
This kind of lazy, cliche-ridden thinking is one of the big problems with the left's attempts at discussing foreign policy. Mostly because the cliches and recieved wisdom are manifestly false (as in the case of the "one man's terrorist..." canard).
The recieved wisdom that "we armed Saddam" is false, in the sense that the US or the UK armed Saddam. Russia provided over half the weapons that Saddam bought since 1973, followed by France. Read more »
They are correct that the US paved the way for most of the multilateral organizations in the world. But they don't realize that the multilateral orgs were not there to be multilateral, but to manage a distinctly American view of the future (i.e. to Americanize the world). They weren't there to subsume the American project and experiment into the morass of the Old World and Third World, and certainly weren't to facilitate moral equivalence between the US and everyone else. Read more »
Jonathan Wilde currently lives in Boston, once the birthplace of the American Revolution, since fallen from grace and become the socialist metropolis of today. He is a resident in training at Harvard Medical School. He has never taken an economics course in his life. He has only taken one philosophy course. It was called "Morality and Justice", but he didn't learn much about either morality or justice. Being an avid sports fan, he often refers to himself in the third person. He channels his atavistic collectivist instincts into cheering for the Hokies. Read more »