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The Silly Diplomatic History Of The Early 1970s

A sampling of silly diplomacy from the early 1970s. [...]

That Evil Century

A respected author wrote, “The evil methods which men use to get ahead in our century clearly show that their aims cannot be worth much.”

What century do you think this author was writing about, and what evil methods do you think we’re being referred to?

Security Culture Blow To Freedom Culture Began Before September 2001

This inversion in the political culture of the United States is happening at a time when the technology for the creation of a security state has been developed beyond our ancestors’ capacity for imagination. The FISA Amendments Act and the Patriot Act have resulted in the creation of a ubiquitous surveillance system far more powerful than what George Orwell anticipated in 1948. [...]

Political Director of Americans Elect: Too Much Democracy is Dangerous (and Forget Your History)

Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow explains why it’s necessary for a corporate board to select the presidential candidates that voters will be allowed to choose between:

We have a Board of Directors who help oversee our process, which Professor Hasen correctly points out is self-appointed. While we don’t mean to put the board in [...]

Earth Is A Pagan Deity

Earth really was a goddess, also known as Nerthus and Hertha, worshipped in Northern Europe. [...]

Loewen: The Slaveholding South was AGAINST States’ Rights

In tomorrow’s Washington Post, James Loewen writes a succinct refutation of the notion that the South seceded from the Union and sparked a bloody war 150 years ago because of its dedication to the principle of states’ rights. Loewen points out that the Southern states’ written declarations object to Northern states’ autonomous decisions to:

1) [...]

Merry Krampusnacht!

An historical primer on Krampus, the spirit of Yule Misrule, and some Krampus goodies. [...]

The Execution Of Unity

King Charles the Fifth of the Netherlands outlawed heresy, leading to 43 years of religious violence, in which over 1,300 “heretics” were killed. The justification for the killings was the desire for unity. [...]

Remember Acid Rain: Environmental Change for the Better is Possible

For those who say that everything’s getting worse and nothing can get better as long as the corporate moneygrubbing duopoly maintain their tight grip on the neck of the American political la dee da dee da, so we might as well do nothing, Michael Kranish of the Boston Globe has a strong rejoinder. Under a [...]

Remembering The Deep History Of Jewish Genocide

The greater massacre of Lublin Jews by Nazis during World War II was an historical echo of the earlier genocide that took place 355 years ago today. [...]

Constitution Day Quiz

A very short Constitution quiz to celebrate Constitution Day. [...]