9/11

Ten years ago, thousands of Americans were killed in the name of some still-unknown ideal. Ten years later, the effects have been the death of millions of foreigners, failing wars and military interventions worldwide, a complete overhaul and maximization of the police state, and no visible progress on any front that was begun after the…

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Why Democracy [& Therefore Western Civ] Failed

Via a book review by Steven Pinker: In experiments beginning in the late 1960s, the psychologist Walter Mischel tormented preschoolers with the agonizing choice of one marshmallow now or two marshmallows 15 minutes from now. When he followed up decades later, he found that the 4-year-olds who waited for two marshmallows turned into adults who…

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The Myth [& Danger] of American Exceptionalism

A lecture by Howard Zinn, whose domestic policies always fell short to me but whose foreign policy cannot be stressed enough: Not only is it a myth that Americanism is exceptional, but it is also a myth that when we send our soldiers abroad they are spreading freedom or democracy – the two probably being…

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