Category Archive: Discussions

Brexit, Democracy, and the Power of the State

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¬†First some disclosure: I voted Remain. I think the majority has made a self-harming mistake in voting to exit the EU. I found it emotionally and ethically shocking that Britain rejected EU membership.… Continue reading

I’m Ready for my Revolution, Mr. DeMille

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While I spend a good deal of my time lambasting the right wing, I’m going to take a little time off to point out that we have our own share of unaccountable stupidity… Continue reading

The Trump Wound: Fear and Fascism

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During most of my lifetime, when people used the word ‘fascist’ when referring to a right wing point of view in a liberal democracy, it was a little hyperbolic. I think like many… Continue reading

Acts of Conscience? The Cowardice of #KimDavis

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Throughout history, there have been admirable people who have risked their lives to follow their conscience when circumstance or mainstream society presented them with ethical dilemmas. There are huge numbers, globally, of people… Continue reading

Privilege & The Gap: On Trying and Failing to be a White Friend

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“White people do not think in terms of we. White people have the privilege to interact with the social and political structures of our society as individuals.” John Metta, “I, Racist” If you… Continue reading

Moral Hysteria as Public Spectacle

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Firstly, I would like to make my position clear: I’m not a sex worker, I don’t produce pornography, nor do I habitually consume it. Over 20 years ago, I spent a short time… Continue reading

The Business of Bigotry, or How To Ruin Your Business and Get Rich

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The headline on CNN reads: “Indiana pizzeria finds itself at the center of ‘religious freedom’ debate” but even this untrue. Memories Pizza, in Walkerton, Indiana, didn’t find itself anywhere. The owners veritably thrust… Continue reading

Tolerance in the Agora: Constitutional Rights and Obfuscations

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There are times I am perfectly willing to examine the philosophical intricacies and readings possible in a law.¬†But I have a problem engaging in this when its purpose is to obfuscate what, when… Continue reading

Freedom, Citizenship and the Fear of Domination

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I can pinpoint the moment in my life when I began to have a deep understanding of the concept of citizenship. Oddly enough, it came while sitting stark naked in a huge, domed… Continue reading

Fearmongers Ate My Mom

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Let me tell you a little about my mother. She’s a fantastic woman. Born just before the 30s, she won a scholarship to Julliard at the age of 17. Although she studied classical… Continue reading