Hitting Doesn't Make Kids Better or Stronger Unfortunately, many people, much more likely on the Right than on the Left, still hold that converting naturally unruly children into socialized adults requires a certain amount of parental abuse.
This was brought up in my summer school class by a Pakistani student.
What is missing from the current discourse about torture as an instrument of imperialism is serious examination of the question "Does it work?" Not just torture, but imperialism in general.
In the May, 2009 issue of Scientific American appears the article, "Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization," by Lester R. Brown. He describes the causes and likely consequences of these shortages given current political trends.
I posted the following comment to an article on Alternet and got only one comment in response.
Racism in the United States no longer involves fat sheriffs spewing prejudice at young black people trying to enter college, black maids sitting in the wrong places on buses, or black workers attempting to eat at white-only lunch counters. Today, it goes about its business quietly and in the shadows. Racism continues to damage communities of color but it damages the dominant white community as well. It renders our society more vulnerable to fascism
The biggest lie about Iraq is that it was somehow the incumbent's unilateral decision. Him and his bunch, anyhow.
When friends’ children graduate from High School, my gift is a copy of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Every time I read it a different facet of U.S. political nuance strikes me with special significance. This time it was in chapter 20, where Zinn focuses on Nixon’s fall from grace and power following the Watergate scandal. How officialdom carefully managed the fallout through a program of designed disclosure. Media revealed Nixon’s failings as sins of the individual, carefully disguising how systemic they were.
In "Choking on Growth" in the August 26 New York Times, Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley tell us that China’s tendency to destroy the environment may be out of control and potentially earth shattering.
We can't save the world with hype and hyperbole -- religious,
ethical, political or otherwise. We can only save the world through
education. Here's why.
There is no question that Liberals are different from Conservatives, but unfortunately not different enough in one crucial way.
As much as I'd I looked forward to seeing Sicko, I didn't expect it to bowl me over as much as it did. Moore really captures a sense of how sick we are as a nation compared to others, raising the question
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