Monthly Archives: October 2011

Occupy Wall Street Only Scratches the Surface

The protest movement on Wall Street has a broad field of complaints against numerous targets that defy easy description. “We are the 99%” is the closest the movement comes to a unifying rallying cry. But broadly speaking one can generalize … Continue reading »

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Warning: Drinking Tea Party Rhetoric May Cause Cancer

That the Grand Old Party is hostile to environmental regulation is no grand revelation. But the most recent assault on the EPA is, even for Republicans and Tea Party enthusiasts, an unusually reckless and irresponsible attack on reasonable attempts to … Continue reading »

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The Church of America

England’s King Henry VIII tired of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, because she failed to produce a male heir to his throne. But the Catholic Church believed that marriage was for life, and therefore did not allow divorce. So … Continue reading »

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New York Times Dialogue on the Death Penalty

As with all human institutions, the criminal justice system suffers in various degrees from corruption, incompetence and malfeasance. Even the most ardent supporter of the death penalty would agree that, in some cases, innocent people are convicted, and the guilty … Continue reading »

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