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Freedom’s Perversities

Wayne LaPierreFor much of human history, the idea of freedom had little meaning. This was because life was, as Thomas Hobbes put it, “poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” And while he thought this descriptor applied to life outside of society, for a long time it did not really matter - life within pre-modern societies often had the same limiting character. Religious belief in these same times reflected this depressing fact by asserting that there was no hope of meaningful freedom in this life. To achieve it you would have to die and go to Heaven. So, what set you free was death. 

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Those Who Do Not Learn History…

arabworldA very well-known saying state, that “Those who don’t learn history are destined to relive its events”. A similar saying states that “History repeats itself”. Both sayings are completely false. History moves spirally; forwards and upwards, not circular. These sayings are deceitfully used to divert blame from the imperialist colonialist powers, which keep using the same military aggressive methods and political policies that had proved their efficiency in invading and occupying other countries.

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Why the Experience of Ahed Tamimi Matters So Much

Ahed TamimiIt is now known by virtually everyone who follows the Palestinian struggle that a 16 year old girl, now 17, named Ahed Tamimi, confronted Israeli soldiers on her family’s land shortly after her cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the face with a rubber bullet, causing a coma. The video of her actions has gone viral, showing the world a courageous young woman engaging in nonviolent acts of resistance, and then a day later in the middle of the night being arrested in her home and then charged with a series of crimes; as is standard Israeli practice in the arrest of children, Aden was hauled off to an Israeli prison facility out of reach of her family and then denied bail.

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Vietnam’s Lessons and the U.S. Culture of Violence

Vietnam warBack in October 2016 I wrote an analysis entitled “Natural Born Killers? It described and commented on research on the origins of human violence published in the science journal Nature. The conclusion offered in the article is that humans come from an evolutionary line that has the capability for violent behavior genetically built into it. It is a reasonable hypothesis.

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The Charade of Trump’s State of the Union Speech

State of the Union SpeechThe least popular American president; Donald Trump, whose popularity hovers around 30%, took the podium to address the American people about the state of the union on Tuesday January 30th. Although the words of the speech were very carefully selected, and Trump seemed to be intensely coached to be serious, he could not completely hide his narcissistic, self-aggrandizing conceited arrogant personality. He addressed his audience in lofty mannerism with a raised chin and smirky smiles, clapping for himself and at times inviting others; Democratic half of the audience, to clap for him.

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