Category Archives: Human Rights

Rioting as a Luxury

There are two things happening right now in the world: this & this. In both images, people are wearing the colors of the side they support.  In both images, emotions are running high. However, these are two very different images.  The events they depict could not be more polarized. It is hard to imagine that on a […]

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Excerpt from “On Voluntary Servitude”

I am having trouble finding my own voice as of late.  Fortunately, many underrated thinkers have already said much of what is on my heart and mind. “Poor, wretched, and stupid peoples, nations determined on your own misfortune and blind to your own good!  You let yourselves be deprived before your own eyes of the […]

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Fighting Terror with Terror

The Dutch pacifist, Bart de Ligt, promoted the idea that revolutions can not adopt the means of their oppressors without also adopting the ends of their oppressors (i.e., becoming oppressors themselves). In the recent fictional film, Avatar, the commanding officer of a Blackwater-esque mercenary force shockingly declares that they will have to “…fight terror with terror…” […]

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The New Law of Righteousness

“The man of the flesh judges it a righteous thing, That some men that are cloathed with the objects of the earth, and so called rich men, whether it be got by right or wrong, should be Magistrates to rule over the poor; and that the poor should be servants nay rather slaves to the […]

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Chomsky On Anarchism

“Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century. It is incapable of meeting human needs that can […]

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The “Torture Debate” Normalized

A recent tweet by Gleen Greenwald led me through a very important line of thought. We are debating about torture.  It has become okay for us as Americans to consider at what point we cross a line from making someone uncomfortable to torturing them.  The crazy thing is, we are actually arriving at agreed upon, […]

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Secret Torture Memos released

The Obama administration has just released the Bush OLC Memos justifying the use of torture.  Read them. ACLU has them here.

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Red Cross on Bush-Cheney Torture Regime

Andrew Sullivan has this.

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Disgraceful

I guess you have to commend Clinton for not beating around the bush with China.  She has made it perfectly clear that we as humankind would prefer to fix the economy rather than human rights injustices. The end to Gitmo was rhetorical.  The American era of torture and violation of human rights lives on in […]

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This is not a joke

This is really happening. Whoops.  In the words of Urkel, “Did I do that?”

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