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Conformity and Obedience are Not the Only Options

Conservative religious radio show host Michael L. Brown imagines a battle between two sides and declares his allegiance:

Brown asserts that a person must choose between obedience to a real or imagined authority and conformity to the ways of the majority. But are those really the only ethical options available? I don’t think so. […]

Joe Biden Wishes that Republicans followed their Leaders like Sheep

“There isn’t a Republican party. I wish there were, I wish there was a Republican party. I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done.” — Vice President Joseph […]

Cheap Gray Paste

My son Noah was given an assignment today in his eighth grade Family & Consumer Science class. He tells the story:

We had to draw a stick figure and list next to it the qualities of the best employee. Instead of writing the qualities I was supposed to write, like ‘is hard-working, organized, works well […]

What’s the Harm?

As the revealed extent of indiscriminate surveillance and data mining by the U.S. government slowly deepens and widens, the old Cold War defense is rearing its head again: “If you don’t have anything to hide, you don’t have anything to fear.” There are all sorts of broad philosophical problems with that kind of argument, but […]

Death Is The Ultimate Conformity

Finally, you’re willing to settle down and fit in, with a sarcastically smiling skull announcing that you are eventually going to be like everyone else… when you die. […]

If you’ve done nothing wrong, why aren’t you changing your clothes in public?

At Left is Not a Four Letter Word, Damen reacts against that old line, “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide”:

This is a phrase that has irritated the holy shit out of me for a very, very long time. Any time privacy is brought up, there’s some idiot out there who’ll […]

Act NOW! On Thursday, Senate Decides Future of Surveillance in America

The Senate Judiciary Committee has quietly scheduled this Thursday at 9:30 am to mark up legislation reauthorizing sections of the Patriot Act for four more years and revising the FISA Amendments Act to boot.

The markup matters, and you should contact your Senators before it happens. Here’s why.

Surveillance Matters In 1791, Jeremy Bentham described […]

Obama’s Torture Photo Concern: Control Over Populace, Abroad and at Home

When Barack Obama says he will not comply with a federal court order to release photographs of U.S. Government torture, there’s a mystery in his explanation:

The publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals. In […]

Obama's Torture Photo Concern: Control Over Populace, Abroad and at Home

When Barack Obama says he will not comply with a federal court order to release photographs of U.S. Government torture, there’s a mystery in his explanation:

The publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals. In […]