Archive for ‘extremists’

December 22, 2016

How Do You Distinguish Between Religious Fervor and Mental Illness? – Scientific American Blog Network

It’s not meant as insult to believers; the two states of mind can share many similar characteristics

Source: How Do You Distinguish Between Religious Fervor and Mental Illness? – Scientific American Blog Network

December 18, 2016

The Emoluments Clause: Its text, meaning, and application to Donald J. Trump | Brookings Institution

Foreign interference in the American political system was among the gravest dangers feared by the Founders of our nation and the framers of our Constitution.  The United States was a new government…

Source: The Emoluments Clause: Its text, meaning, and application to Donald J. Trump | Brookings Institution

December 12, 2016

Progressive Picks

As part of its commitment to providing independent information and resources to its readers, Truthout chooses a Progressive Pick every week: an independent book or DVD that we find thought-provoking and insightful.

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December 11, 2016

Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Poor: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

In a democracy, the public influences policy but the US state largely works to benefit the privileged and powerful.

Source: Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Poor: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

November 8, 2016

Noam Chomsky: Today’s GOP Might Be Most Dangerous Organization in Human History | The Intellectualist

Democracy Now:  AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to move back to the United States, to the issue of the Republican Party and what you see happening there, the Republican establishment fiercely opposed to the presumptive nominee. I don’t know if we’ve ever seen anything like this, although that could be changing. Can you talk about the significance—I mean, you have Sheldon Adelson, who is now saying he will pour, what, tens of millions of dollars into Donald Trump. You have the Koch brothers—I think it was Charles Koch saying he could possibly see supporting Hillary Clinton, if that were the choice, with Donald Trump. What is happening? NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, first of all, the phenomenon that we’ve just seen is an extreme version of something that’s been going on just for years in the Republican primaries. Take a look back at the preceding ones. Every time a candidate came up from the base—Bachmann, McCain, Santorum, Huckabee, one crazier than the other—every time one rose from the base, the Republican establishment sought to beat them down and get their own—get their own man—you know, Romney. And they succeeded, until this year. This year the same thing happened, and they didn’t succeed. The… Read more »

Source: Noam Chomsky: Today’s GOP Might Be Most Dangerous Organization in Human History | The Intellectualist

September 22, 2016

Straight talk about Islam in the Los Angeles Times « Why Evolution Is True

You don’t often see an op-ed on Islam this straightforward, especially in a major newspaper like the L.A. Times. So the September 9 op-ed by Shadi Hamid, “From burkinis to the Koran: Wh…

Source: Straight talk about Islam in the Los Angeles Times « Why Evolution Is True

January 19, 2016

Guns Don’t Have to Meet Mandatory Safety Regulations Before Hitting the Market

Thousands of malfunctioning firearms have been released into the market since guns were exempted from safety regulations by the Consumer Protection Act.

Source: Guns Don’t Have to Meet Mandatory Safety Regulations Before Hitting the Market

January 7, 2016

Here’s What Happened When Black People Tried Armed Occupation | ThinkProgress

“And finally, you know, you’re in a position where either you choke to death and burn alive or you possibly are shot to death.”

Source: Here’s What Happened When Black People Tried Armed Occupation | ThinkProgress

January 4, 2016

Donald Trump and the Causes of ‘Trumpism’ – The Atlantic

Irrespective of how the Republican presidential primary turns out, the conditions that led to the mogul’s rise have left their mark on the party—and America.

Source: Donald Trump and the Causes of ‘Trumpism’ – The Atlantic

January 3, 2016

Christian fundamentalists are driving our country into the Dark Ages

America has an infection. Whether it is terminal remains to be seen.

Source: Christian fundamentalists are driving our country into the Dark Ages