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When Ignorance Borders on Stupidity
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Harry Goslin 2005-05-19 16:00
On more than one occasion this year, I have either been involved in a discussion/argument over economics and social issues with a colleague, or been bystander to one, usually walking away shaking my head and mumbling some choice profanity under my breath. I've resigned myself to listening to periodic tripe from intelligent and mostly competent adults completely ignorant about the basics of...
Staging an 'Attack' to Promote Fear and Paranoia
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Harry Goslin 2005-05-17 16:00
For anyone who cares to know the true character of the gutless and paranoid warmongers driving this country quickly into the ground, it was on full display in the fiasco last week when an aircraft 'invaded,' supposedly undetected, the most restricted airspace on earth. Being there on the ground in DC was not necessary to get a feel for the new extremes The Empire is willing to go to perpetuate...
Forgive, Forget, Pass the Buck
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Harry Goslin 2004-12-19 17:00
It's Christmas time again and it's a certainty that many have once more added to their already bloated credit card balances. I heard last week on the news that it takes the average American consumer up to six months to pay off their Christmas spending binge. Perhaps in the seasonal spirit of giving, banks will give their customers what the United States just gave Iraq : complete forgiveness of...
Ain"t Nothing New About the "New" Iraq
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Harry Goslin 2004-05-26 16:00
When U.S. forces failed to beat the city of Fallujah into submission, a 'tactical redeployment' of forces was ordered and Iraqi security forces were sent in to quell the chaos that erupted at some point after the commencement of the U.S. occupation. General Mark Kimmitt was quick to point out that the maneuver was not a 'retreat'; in other words, a failure. In government and military...
Defend Marriage, Defend the Language, Defend Freedom
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Harry Goslin 2004-02-29 17:00
Earlier this week a student asked me what the word 'morp' meant (it's a traditional annual dance at our school). Since it's 'prom' spelled backwards, the traditional dating ritual is also reversed. The girls ask the guys to the dance and typically pay for dinner. I doubt this tradition is unique to our school, although other schools may not refer to it as morp. I also doubt the addition of...
Onward, Conscript Soldiers!
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Harry Goslin 2003-12-14 17:00
Over the last two years, some have suggested the possibility of reinstating military conscription. No wonder. If President Bush is reelected in 2004, he will have no electoral restraints on his imperial ambitions. Given recent surveys indicating that a significant portion of active duty and reservist military personnel will not reenlist, the president will need to tap other sources for 'axis...
Turning the World to Crap
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Harry Goslin 2003-10-13 16:00
Try as he might, President Bush will never prove that he is a capable leader, just as his staunch supporters will never prove that they are capable of rational thought. No, the only thing President Bush continues to demonstrate is that government success is measured by its colossal failure. Death, destruction, despair, and suffering are the ageless achievements of government.
Tyranny, Press Whores and the Slaughter of Millions
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Harry Goslin 2003-09-28 16:00
Censorship is a necessary component of every 'successful' war. As General William Westmoreland observed during the Vietnam War, 'without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.' So long as government controls the flow of information and images to the folks back home, it can maintain the slaughter and oppression of thousands half a world away indefinitely. Essential to...
A History of Putting Up Too Many Kites
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Harry Goslin 2003-09-07 16:00
Fear, confusion, and subterfuge have been the grist of every 'crisis' which has plagued this nation. Whether working alone or in collusion with self-interested factions, government has used every crisis-generating event to increase its own power while suffocating the freedom of the individual. Even the individual has been used as a tool in the hands of government to facilitate his own...
A Land Plagued With Useful Idiots
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Harry Goslin 2003-08-24 16:00
V. I. Lenin referred to apologists for the brutality of the Soviet state and the worldwide socialist cause as 'useful idiots.' Predominant among the intellectual elitists that have controlled the social institutions of the West since the beginning of the Twentieth Century--government, business, education, and mass communication--these 'useful idiots' have been in the vanguard of the march of...
Government Corrupts the Simplicity of Freedom
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Harry Goslin 2003-08-17 16:00
Albert Jay Nock, commenting on Franklin D. Roosevelt's 'Four Freedoms,' said, 'There is no such thing, four or forty. Freedom has no plural. Freedom either is, or isn't.' Roosevelt, and successive executive tyrants, have destroyed the meaning of freedom, making it a privilege to be bestowed, regulated and even revoked at the discretion of government. Since his presidency, generations of...
Iraqis Too Smart for American-Style Democracy
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Harry Goslin 2003-08-13 16:00
Some things in life get better with the passage of time: fine wine, a great novel, a loving relationship. Others start off bad and just get worse: public education, fiat money, the two-party system.