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  • Our politics is a conflict of visions
    The 2014 elections will not settle the great questions of our politics
    While the convention wisdom says this is going to be a big political victory for the Republicans on Tuesday night, the reality is that this election is not going to cause a major shift in American politics. A GOP Senate majority will shift our...
  • Ratings
    Some college students think works of literature need PG and R-type ratings
    Warning: This literary work is rated R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use, and violence throughout. Which work? Who cares? Campuses across the country are “wrestling with student requests for what are known as &lsquo...
  • The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
    'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology' Review
    At first glance, Slavoj Zizek looks more like a mad scientist than a pop cultural theorist. However, on closer examination, he is undeniably a genius. Once you get used to his thick Slovenian accent, his insights on the hidden meanings of some of...
  • The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
    'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology' teases but never quite satisfies
    The Pervert's Guide to Ideologyis thefollow-up to Sophie Fiennes's first project with Slovenian philosopherSlavoj Žižek, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, and it expands on material touched on in Round 1. Opening on Dec. 13, 2013 at TIFF...
  • Shutdown
    Shut out by Republican saboteurs
    The beauty of the American political system and Constitution is that it permits evolutionary change and improvement through an iterative process. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt led the nation to address the needs of poor and...
  • Why ideology movements are failing  (Photos)
    Why ideology movements are failing (Photos)
    I just received notification from the American Enterprise Institute about a debate they have scheduled for March 13, 2013 that is in concert with America’s Future Foundation.Let me back up a number of years to recall when I first became...
  • Toast
    Ideology lost: Republicans can't find the winning path
    Defeated at the polls in 2008 and again in 2012, Republicans just don’t get it. Actually, it is some 47% of Americans that don’t get it. Not, the 47% + 6% that voted for President Obama, but the 47% that voted for Romney.They actually...
  • Welcome to the money pit
    Should more money be spent on education? No.
    During the campaign President Obama constantly said he wanted to “invest” more money in education. Many people cheered.Probably the biggest misunderstanding in our society is that there is some logical equivalence between money spent...
  • An open letter to all Americans
    An open letter to all Americans
    I never thought I would see the day where half of America has grown into a mass of greedy, lazy. self-serving, socialists. I never thought I would see the day where the once-powerful and respectable news media would cave to the love of money and...
  • GOP
    GOP: Picking up the pieces of a broken dream
    The Hendersonville, Tennessee Romneycampaign office is now closed, the colorful ribbons and boxes of campaign souvenirs are gone, as is the banks of telephones. Tearful eyes are now dry, but the sadness remains.Hendersonville, like the rest of the...
  • Lamenting the loss
    Identity political fights distract from actual ideas
    The challenge to governing in America is no different than it ever has been. Political leaders must represent 100% of the nation’s population. To become elected they need 51% of the popular vote that produces 270 electoral votes. They win...
  • President Karzai of Afghanistan
    Karzai proposes winnable U.S. strategy in the war on terror
    In a news conference in Kabul today President Karzai blasted what he calls the U.S. “double game” strategy in Afghanistan.He also spelled out the number one reason why the United States will never win the war on terrorism (as it is...
  • You can't fix stupid
    Intersection of conservative ideology and ignorance: Rep. Todd Akin
    Someone should thank Representative Todd Akin for coming out of the closet with his ideology and ignorance. You see, you can hide a lot behind a smile, suit and tie. Tea Party Todd Akin has made a revelation and I want to analyze the institutions...
  • American flag
    A critique of universalist conservatism
    By our nature, we humans like to rally around things, whether it’s religion, ethnicity, race, nationality, or, in this case, ideology.Ideas may not be the most important thing, but ideas do matter, and Progressivism – which was known...
  • Michelle Bachmann
    Why politicians like Michelle Bachmann shouldn't be taken seriously, but are.
    There are plenty of people out there who believe that God talks to them. They mostly hang out on street-corners, wearing signs, yelling at strangers about the upcoming apocalypse. There are also a great many of them living in hospitals that cater...