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Police problems are social problems

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  • Sunday, November 20 2011 @ 08:01 AM CET
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Recently a lot of people have been praising and sharing Norm Stamper's article from the Nation, Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street. Stamper was chief of the Seattle Police Department during the WTO protests of 1999, and has since argued that the police actions at that time were inappropriate.

While what stamper writes in the article is not wrong, I argue that it fails to get to the heart of the problem, and thus fails even to suggest any real solutions.

What's wrong with Occupy Wall Street

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  • Friday, October 28 2011 @ 10:02 AM CEST
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A number of different people have asked me about my negative views on "Occupy Wall Street", so it seemed a good thing to try to set them down in some more or less coherent form.

All terrorists are NOT the same

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  • Sunday, July 24 2011 @ 10:37 AM CEST
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There has been a considerable amount of discussion on the net recently about the attacks in Noway and the rush to judge them as the work of "(Islamic) terrorists", much of it thoughtful, if perhaps not particularly "new". I suggest that it is not "new" because it has been obvious at least since the 1980s that "one man's 'terrorist' is another man's 'freedom fighter'" (though I don't recall where I first read that). What is new is the way that 'terrorist' has become linked to 'Islam' in the Anglo-American media in this century, as Glenn Greenwald illustrates in his The omnipotence of Al Qaeda and meaninglessness of "Terrorism".

That said, in a generally well-considered article, Greenwald, like some others goes too far in seeming to equate Breivik's attacks in Norway with the attacks of organizations. This goes too far because there really is a difference between an individual and an organization.

Religion and the Liberal State

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  • Sunday, November 21 2010 @ 10:31 AM CET
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Stanley Fish recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times on "Religion and the Liberal State - Once Again".While he may make some interesting points, there seems to me to be a serious problem in his understanding of what a liberal state requires, and therefore also its relation to religious belief.

Justifying rebellion

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  • Sunday, March 14 2010 @ 11:16 PM CET
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A friend of mine recently called my attention to Chris Hedges Calling All Rebels. It is a very strange article, being a combination of existentialism with a call to action, that ultimately ties itself up into a hopeless muddle. I submit that this is not an issue of lack of clarity about the course of action, as at least some commenters suggest, but something much deeper; that is: confusion over what is the supposed point of any action.

Russia in the right in Gas Crisis

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  • Sunday, February 01 2009 @ 01:05 PM CET
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In the current Russian-Ukrainian gas crisis, most recent events suggest that it is the Russians who are in the right, and the Ukrainians in the wrong.

A feeble defense of conservatism

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  • Sunday, April 06 2008 @ 02:00 PM CEST
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This is an analysis of George Neumayr's "Self-Indulgent Liberal Man", which is perhaps unimportant, but which article I found so egregiously badly-argued that it demanded a response.

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