MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN THINK; IN FACT, MOST DO. — BERTRAND RUSSELL

February 2009

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Greatness has its drawbacks

Thomas Friedman’s Feb. 24 New York Times column from South Korea read thusly: For all the talk in recent years about America’s inevitable decline, all eyes are not now on Tokyo, Beijing, Brussels or Moscow — nor…



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Party over people?

The Associated Press has reported that a few governors may opt to refuse economic stimulus money, including this guy, the governor of my home state, Mark Sanford, R-S.C.: This, despite the fact that many of…




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Small government theory breaks down

It’s disheartening that more GOP members overwhelmingly voiced their opposition to the Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus plan. They, of course, made it clear why they did it: not enough (or the right kind of)…


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Bankers’ appearance before Congress

Eight top bankers appeared before Congress this week to tell lawmakers and the public how they are spending funds from the bailout. Previously, as I noted here, the CEOs were “declining to” release how the…




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Should Black History Month be a thing of the past?

In a Feb. 8, 2009 column, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker supplied her view of Black History Month, dubbing it, “quaint, jarring, anachronistic.” Coming from a black person, this comment itself may sound jarring. But…


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