Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CIA torture report

Under the Bush administration, the United States of America systematically used torture to advance its political agendas.  Clear cut war crimes, atrocities for which we hung a bunch of high-ranking Nazis at Nuremberg.
Time to show the world our true principles and reinstate our national honor. Time to prosecute George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for crimes against humanity. 

---Steve

Sunday, December 07, 2014

CONTRARY BRIN: Correlation vs. Causation? Does the universe conspire against freedom?


An honest libertarian - even a "theorist" would recognize and accept the burden that this long and lamentable pattern lays upon our feet.  If 99% of societies were feudal pyramids of hierarchy and inherited status, it suggests that our own - with its emphasis on individualism, rights and competitive creativity is a rare exception. Not an outgrowth of "natural law" but instead an invention, spectacularly clever, complex and needing perpetual maintenance, lest it slump back into older, more entropic ways.


---Steve

CONTRARY BRIN


nearly all human societies that had agriculture - and many that didn't - also practiced feudalism, in which a few strong men would gang up to repress all others and establish rules so that their own sons would have harems.

---Steve