THE PHILOSOPHER’S CORNER

BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY

July 4 2012
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We are still a very young country – a mere 226 years old. We have packed an awful lot of living into those precious few years, and it is easy to forget we are brash youth. From Columbus’s discovery of the New Land in 1492 to the Declaration of Independence, 284 years elapsed. We have…

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DEATH IN ABBOTTABAD

May 23 2011
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Normally, when 99% of the world disagrees with me, I find that invigorating and a sure fire indication that I am right. For once, I am not so sure. The assassination of Son of Laden, ordered by President Obama, fills my head with many doubts but proceed I must for better or worse. In the…

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A Time to Love, A Time to THINK

April 2 2011
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1917- Robert LaFollette: “Every nation has its war party. It is not the party of democracy. It is the party of autocracy. It seeks to dominate absolutely. It is commercial, imperialistic, ruthless. … If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another.” 1917 –…

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3 BOOS FOR CAPITALISM/ ONE CHEER FOR THE DALAI LAMA

May 21 2010
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I am not a great fan of the Dalai Lama but when he gets it right, he gets it right. http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2010/05/21/14031291.html Alternatively, just read it here. Dalai Lama condemns capitalism By Verena Dobnik, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – The Dalai Lama on Thursday declared that he is still a Marxist in spirit who condemns…

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CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR

February 18 2010
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Charlie Wilson helped Afghanistan beat up the Russians by getting Congress to send tons of supplies and money to the whackos who fought the Russians. The movie, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, makes Charlie out to be a hero. As for his devotion to sexual antics, who cares? Charlie is so sweet. Now, Charlie…

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MR OBAMA DOES NOT KNOW LAW

October 24 2009
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The two fundamental principles of law are as follows: 1. Morality dictates law; law does not dictate morality. 2. The scope of law is unrestricted. These principles supersede such principles as: 3. The presumption of innocence 4. The right to a trial before one’s peers. 5. The right to see and dispute the alleged evidence…

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COLLEGE? WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

September 16 2009
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According to this weekend’s edition of the Washington Post, good deals are available for those who know how to shop for financial aid. It seems you don’t have to be a genius or poor to get solid low cost loans. I’ve got a much better idea. DON’T GO! There is not a damn college on…

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HUNGARIAN PEA-HEADS

August 14 2009
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Ever wonder why Hungary does not dominate the Nobel Peace Prizes or any other prizes, for that matter? Wonder, no more. Hungary still works in a 19th century conception of democracy – you count up who is on side X and who who is on side Y, and declare majority rules. In this way, if…

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ILLITERACY IN AMERICA

July 7 2009
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I thank Dr. Ted Drange for calling my attention to this article published in truthdig.com and written by Chris Hedges. This is only an excerpt. For the full article, please CLICK HERE. “There are over 42 million American adults, 20 percent of whom hold high school diplomas, who cannot read, as well as the 50…

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WHAT SPIES DO

June 9 2009
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Spying is much in the news lately. Two American journalists were arrested in N. Korea, tried for spying and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. The U.S. administration is working at figuring out a way to obtain their release. The journalists are said to have unintentionally wandered into N. Korea territory but this seems…

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SO, SUE ME!

May 8 2009
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I don’t seek permission to reprint. I disdain such capitalist garbage. If you want to read a great book or see a very good movie, Constantine’s Sword is for you. Movie Review: Constantine’s Sword When Love of Religion Leads to Hatred of Others By STEPHEN HOLDEN April 18, 2008 “CONSTANTINE’S SWORD,” a 2007 documentary film…

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NEW MEANINGS FOR OLD WORDS

May 5 2009
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Plain people like to distinguish what the law is from what the law should be. In some circumstances, that is a real distinction but more often there is not. Great moral leaders like Henry Thoreau, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi almost got it right. They believed that when they were “violating” man-made law they…

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ON THE ROAD TO DISASTER

April 29 2009
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So you want to win $20 million in the lottery, do you? You want to leave the scum behind and set off on your new life as Playboy to the Western World? You would like to donate your “discretionary” funds to worthwhile charities. That is, the money you have left after you have spent 25…

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BARGAIN BASEMENT COLLEGES/$40,000 BUCKS

April 28 2009
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The Christian Science Monitor carries a story this week about the Advantage Program offered by Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) at its Salem campus. The cost for the program is a mere $10,000 per year and that is one-third of what the main campus in Manchester costs. In return for this bargain basement price, you…

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THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HIS JOB

April 20 2009
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Obama, like all his predecessors at least as far back as Lincoln, takes his principal job to be to secure and protect the Union. This is the result of the standard misreading of Section I of Article II of the Constitution. The final paragraph of that Section reads: Before he enters on the Execution of…

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SPLITTING THE POLITICAL ATOM

April 17 2009
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Nuclear physicists long ago figured out how to split the atom and make atomic bombs but no one has found out how to differentiate a Republican from a Democrat. While Republicans and Democrats engage in shouting matches over policy, they are in 100% agreement over the fundamentals of their political philosophies. Sitting on the sidelines,…

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AN UNPLEASANT START TO A FRIDAY MORNING

April 10 2009
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We are supposedly addicted to sensational stories of killing, so we read avidly the headlines that appear even in the most sober newspapers. I began the day with these grim reports and conclude this post with another possibility. 1. Two shot dead in German courthouse. 2. Three officers killed in Pittsburgh shooting. 3. Four shot…

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WHERE OH WHERE HAS THE TRIBUNE BEEN?

March 17 2009
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In a hopelessly ridiculous article, the International Herald Tribune ponders the fate of the American university. It begs all the obvious questions by assuming that once upon a time American colleges had ambitions and purposes. Of course, colleges have never been anything but storage bins for people who refuse to find honest work. It also…

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DECLINE AND FALL OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

March 14 2009
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The Obama administration continues its drive to hell and it hasn’t taken very long. If nothing else, Bush had the excuse that our country had been attacked before he introduced all the measures he did introduce in his campaign to be the worst president we have ever hand. After a series of appointments that were…

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TODAY’S FUN-FILLED FACTS

February 26 2009
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If these won’t make you laugh, nothing will. 1. Rescuers wearing headlamps and oxygen backpacks carried dozens of miners to safety after a gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China killed at least 74. 2. A founding member of a left-wing terror group was convicted of incitement for posting Internet videos denying the…

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BARRY BONDS, THE LAW AND PHILOSOPHY

February 5 2009
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Soon, Barry Bonds may be convicted of perjury and perhaps end up in jail. There is absolutely no case against him. This article explains why. I – It is never right to obey the law. Law is coercive, and obedience is surrendering one’s autonomy. Autonomy is sovereignty of reason; it is the right to self-determination.…

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THE BUDAPEST OPEN ACCESS AGREEMENT

December 26 2008
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We published a more extended version of article exactly two years ago and we stand behind its principles. In fact, we go further than those who signed the original statement of principles. Quite simply, we are no friends to copyright law and we reject all demands to respect it. We hereby reprint the major portions…

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WHAT IS SOCIALISM? – PART I

October 27 2008
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Publius is happy to have Sidney Gendin back, if only for the purpose of this one set of articles. ************************************ In the United States, socialism has a very bad name and most politicians are eager to decline the label for fear that it will end their careers. Obama shuns it as it were plague and…

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WHAT IS SOCIALISM? – PART II

October 27 2008
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Under classical socialism, inherited from Karl Marx, the means of production are owned by the workers rather than by a rich minority of capitalists. By the means of production, socialists refer to everything that is used in production, namely, factories, plant, equipment, offices, shops, raw materials, fuel and components. Allegedly, this ensures that production is…

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