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By Ruth R. Wisse, The Wall Street Journal

I associate conservatism with optimism and its synonyms—hopefulness, sanguinity, positivity, and confidence. American Jews are often associated with a gutted liberalism, but that is a caricature. 868 more words


Where refugee solidarity & the alternative economy converge: the anarchist refugee centres of Athens

Beyond the bureaucracy of the Eurocrats, or the catastrophic mismanagement by the EU of the refugee ‘crisis’, or the xenophobic rants of the tabloid press, there is another Europe – the real Europe – a continent of Europeans who are compassionate and for whom social justice is not a political slogan but something that is practised every day and every week. 1,573 more words


Bill Cosby, Rape Culture, and Individual Responsibility

On July 26th, 35 of Bill Cosby’s rape victims came forward to discuss their rapes and the culture that ignored their cries for help. A serial rapist going uncharged for years due to celebrity is indicative of a deeper cultural problem — one that treats rape as an innocent mistake rather than a violent crime. 751 more words

Glossary: Key memes, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Feb 28-March 4, 2016

abortion exceptionalism: when women are denied access to abortion clinics because the clinics don’t meet health standards. Even if abortion clinics are far less likely to cause medical problems than, say, colonoscopy centers, they are being forced to meet higher health standards, thus placing an “undue burden” on women. 294 more words


Teen shoots family because it's too early

Seriously? This story from The Washington Post is about a teenage boy who was so angry about being told to get ready for school he decided to get his handgun and shoot them. 709 more words


What the Ancient Greeks can teach us about democracy and freedom

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, written in the 400s BC, has lasted the test of time due to the remarkable clarity in which he reported the historical facts as well as the philosophy that is woven into the account of the internecine war between Sparta and Athens. 1,164 more words


Ice-T, Russian Roulette & The Bandwagon Scolds

I was just reminiscing about the day in March 1992 when I bought the debut CD of Body Count (y’know, the album with “Cop Killer” on it?) at the Marine PX at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 1,057 more words