Archive for the ‘Fascism’ Category

Thirteen miscellaneous thoughts on the Hobby Lobby case and the reactions to it

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson Other than the absurd necessity (and apparent futility) of explaining that a government's failure to mandate something doesn't equate to outlawing it, nor does it enable other people or ...

Charles Pierce puts Dianne Feinstein in her place

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee's bill that purports to define what a journalist is, journalist Charles P. Pierce responds with the appropriate amount of fury: Hey, Dianne, here's the thing on that First Amendment business. I get to define what you do for a living. And if I decide ...

Michael Hastings isn’t surprised by the Democrats, and you shouldn’t be, either

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

On June 7, Michael Hastings tore into the Democrats in Washington for being as terrible on civil liberties as they have revealed themselves to be and for apparently being nothing more than opportunistic Bush bashers when they used his awful civil liberties record to win big in 2006 and 2008. ...

How is anyone surprised by the Democrats?

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Liberal commentators all around the internet, both professional and amateur, were fuming earlier this week in response to Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster to block the confirmation of John Brennan for CIA director. But interestingly, many of them weren't going after Paul but rather were expressing disappointment and shame at liberal ...

The coming ban on semi-automatic rifles

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I expect Congress and President Obama to pass some form of ban or stricter federal law against semi-automatic weapons and/or "assault rifles" in the next few months. I'm sure many Americans strongly support such a ban now, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders, if they didn't before. It's easy ...

Tyrants overthrown vs. innocents killed

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

This Tom Toles political cartoon from 2010 is making the rounds in the Twittersphere in support of strict gun-control laws in the wake of the Newtown, CT elementary school murders. The content and the message of this comic are so misdirected and disingenuous that they could not have been unintentional. ...

Adam Gopnik is complicit in the genocides of the 20th century

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Adam Gopnik, writing in the New Yorker, makes an eloquent while still outraged and despairing plea for the United States to enact much stricter gun control laws to prevent massacres like that in Newtown, Connecticut. I think he makes a major logical and philosophical error, though, when he makes gun-rights ...

Greenwald on free speech restrictions

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Throughout history, it has often been the case that today's "hate speech" becomes tomorrow's enlightenment. Today's "incitement" becomes tomorrow's righteous subversion of unjust authority and flawed orthodoxies. Add to all that the ignoble tendency to object to—or even recognize the existence of—repression only when it affects one directly...and it's clear that ...

The Hunger Games and other dystopias

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Because I want to see the movie soon but want to read the book first, I'm finally getting around to reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It's set in a dystopian North America several hundred years in the future, as explained in this spoiler-free passage from the first chapter: He ...

Quote of the day

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The very same faction that pretended for years to be so distraught by Bush’s mere eavesdropping on and detention of accused Terrorists without due process is now perfectly content to have their own President kill accused Terrorists without due process, even when those targeted are their fellow citizens. —Glenn Greenwald, on ...

Maybe free speech is less popular than I thought

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I had a bizarre experience yesterday: I encountered two people who were wrong on the internet who asserted that words can harm people and so their (mis)use should be punishable by law. I don't mean using libel or slander to harm someone's reputation, which should not be considered crimes anyway. ...

PCIPA: another internet-censoring, privacy-violating bill that goes overboard

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I was impressed by this article in The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf about the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (PCIPA), The Legislation That Could Kill Internet Privacy for Good. This article was written on August 1, 2011, and apparently the bill, H.R. 1981, is almost a year ...