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America Loves a Canting Hypocrite – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics, US Politics

But Hamilton realized better than anyone that the world—our American world at least—loves a canting hypocrite.

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Jefferson’s Slaves – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Hypocrisy, Politics, US Politics

We rode through a meadow filled with brick kilns. Slaves were everywhere, hard at work. I was surprised to see how “bright” they were. I do not know if that word is still in use in the south, but in those days a slave with a large degree of white blood was known as “bright.” […]

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Dawkins and Being Offensive – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Religion

“I shall not go out of my way to offend, but nor shall I don kid gloves to handle religion any more gently than I would handle anything else.” … “Despite my dislike of gladiatorial contests, I seem somehow to have acquired a reputation for pugnacity towards religion.” Maybe he tells himself this at night, […]

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The American Example – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 25th, 2012 · No Comments · American, History, Morality

John Adams once said that he considered the founding of America part of “A divine plan for the liberation of the slavish part of mankind all over the globe.” This faith did not spring from grandiose schemes of empires abroad. It grew instead from confidence that the example set by our nation – the example […]

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Fading from Red to Pink – “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Communism, Economics, Hypocrisy, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour

In 1930 the English Communist Party was a tiny, barely legal organization whose main activity was libelling the Labour Party. But by 1935 the face of Europe had changed, and left-wing politics changed with it. Hitler had risen to power and begun to rearm, the Russian five-year plans had succeeded, Russia had reappeared as a […]

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Real Sell Outs – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

September 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Art, Culture, History, Hypocrisy, Philosophy, WW2

Sartre, whose underground activities had never amounted to anything except a secret meeting on Wednesday to decide whether there should be another meeting the following Tuesday, not only claimed the status of Resistance veteran but called down vengeance on people whose behaviour had not really been all that much more reprehensible than his own. The […]

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