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Still Elusive : Unalienable Rights

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments … Continue reading

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Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 2. The Multiple Abominations of Slavery

In his argument that violence has been declining for centuries, Steven Pinker (Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 1) claims that activities such as “slavery as a labor-saving device were unexceptionable features of life for most of human history”—and certainly … Continue reading

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How many times…?

Among the questions Bob Dylan asked us many decades ago are… Yes, ‘n’ how many years can some people exist Before they’re allowed to be free? Yes, ‘n’ how many times can a man turn his head Pretending he just … Continue reading

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Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 1.

The postulates and prophesies of the impressively credentialed psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, formerly at MIT and now at Harvard, appear to be everywhere. He is a darling of the New York Times and endless variations on his ex cathedra … Continue reading

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