Agit-prop 2016: Democratic Socialism Wants You

Just before the New York primary I noticed this sign posted on the Quincy Street billboard in Harvard Yard.   This is directly across the street from entrance to the Harvard Art Museum, at the gate between Philosophy, Robinson and Sever Halls.   It is a fairly good traffic spot in the mornings. Whoever posted this has […]

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Exposing the Dirty Wars

Great book launch at the Harvard Science Center yesterday, featuring Jeremy Scahill on his new book, Dirty Wars.  After his excellent work on exposing Erik Prince’s fiendish company Blackwater, Scahill pursued the covert wars, targeted killings, and drone wars that the U.S. engages in around the world.   In his speech, Scahill said that he […]

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The Republican Party as Flying Saucer Cult

Watching the Republicans flail around in psychotic convulsions at the CPAC finally seemed to have convinced some Americans of what I have observed for most of my life, namely that the GOP is the party of the criminally insane.  The recent bile-spewings of Rush Limbaugh and Alan Keyes, are nothing new.  It is rather sick […]

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The Dark Knight: apologia for Dictatorship or Insanity, take your pick

Repost of Dark Knight Review (originally published July 2008) If you haven’t yet seen the film, Dark Knight, please do that first before reading this post, because you will definitely spoil the “tension” of the plot, assuming there is any. For some reason this film is a runaway hit, with critics pissing all over themselves […]

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In defense of Privacy

Recently I heard a pernicious argument, namely that privacy does not exist and the notion of it should be abolished. The person who said this argued that hundreds of thousands of people are dying every year because of a false notion of privacy. To him, this conclusion is based on privacy concerns related to medical […]

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All Roads Lead to Glycon

It was pleasant to be the first person to check out Widener’s copy of Alan Moore, Storyteller, the new hardcover biography by Gary Spencer Millidge.  Before the shiny crisp pages of Moore’s interesting comics have been pawed over and collected layers of fingerprints and crumbs, I was able to turn them and learn some more […]

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TO THE POLICE OF AMERICA

Do not be like this.  Spraying chemical agents into the faces of harmless people is the act of a sociopath.  That way lies madness! Police Officers:  all of you walking the beat in American cities from Galveston to Toledo, from Miami to Portland, I believe that the vast majority of you are working to protect […]

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