Charles Hayes: A genuine sense of moral objectivity becomes possible only when we delve deeply into the genealogy of our beliefs and discover things that, had we known earlier, would likely have caused us to honorably change our viewpoint.
Steve Hochstadt: They want to be the center of attention, even if that attention focuses on their egotistical creepiness, their greed, and their colossally bad judgment.
In this half hour interview, Lauren Steiner, a political activist and frequent contributor to the LA Progressive, talks to US Congressman Alan Grayson.
Tina Dupuy: Why is Congress so horrible? Why is the Ebola virus held in higher esteem in most polls than the Legislative Branch? One word: Gerrymandering.
Robert Reich: Harry Reid may now be able to summon 51 votes to abolish the filibuster, at least for cabinet officials and other high-level policy makers. But that shouldn’t be considered a victory. It’s a sad commentary on where we’ve come to.
Rich Broderick: If the current objectives espoused by many of today’s American politicians had prevailed between the end of the 19th and the middle of the 20th century, if the political leadership of that day had demanded that public policy reflect Ayn Rand-ian tropes of makers and takers, moochers and producers, there never would have been anything like Minnehaha Falls for us to enjoy in 2013.
Walter Brasch: With the ubiquitous use of computers, every person who ever bought anything online, or even searched for anything online—product or information—can now be identified, their web addresses stored for use in target marketing campaigns.
Brad Parker: We must walk the fine line of repudiating the tragicomic primping of the right wing entertainment complex, while forcing the Democrats and the President to confront the real threats to democracy that they pose with their continued partnership with the Military/Industrial/Prison Complex.
Mark Jamison: The post office is in the Constitution, but that hasn’t stopped some members of Congress from trying to undermine the idea of postal services and the postal network as basic fundamental infrastructure.
Lauren Steiner: Maybe, if we’re lucky enough, the new private owner will be a restaurant or some other entity that will preserve the historic lobby of the building for members of the public to see – at least those members willing and able to pay for a meal.
Mary L.G. Theroux: If we today make Edward Snowden the story—if we ask, “Where’s Snowden?” rather than “What’s the U.S. intelligence community doing to Americans’ civil liberties?”—we censure our whistle-blowing protectors as traitors, renounce our rights to privacy, and sanction a government completely “unchained” from the Constitution’s checks.
Sharon Kyle: Netroots Nation Lacks Diversity, even as the organizers of the convention consciously focused on inclusiveness, the lack of faces of color is striking
Steve Hochstadt: The women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s finally made an issue of fathering. If women were going to get out of the house and into the workplace, men had to change their roles, too.