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Trump voters aren’t voting policy, they’re voting identitycaterina

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:03:31 +0000

We’ve been reading so many words about who the Trump voter is and why they vote the way they do. So many explanations. But this is the first article that made sense to me, and it tells how people are voting more for who they “identify” with, who they feel represents them, and people like them […](image)


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Remember the Story of Guillermo Rodriguezcaterina18375364-mmmain

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:01:25 +0000

On Aug. 19, 2015, shortly after midnight, the brothers Stephen and Scott Leader assaulted Guillermo Rodriguez. Rodriguez had been sleeping near a train station in Boston. The Leader brothers beat him with a metal pipe, breaking his nose and bruising his ribs, and called him a “wetback.” They urinated on him. “All these illegals need […](image)


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Ignorance ≠ KnowledgecaterinaPortrait Of Isaac Asimov

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 20:15:30 +0000

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” – Isaac Asimov The […](image)


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Notes from Wendell Berry's Home Economicscaterina

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 16:25:09 +0000

Wendell Berry is a great writer on community, the local, and how to organize a life. These  notes are from his collection of essays Home Economics. I also recommend What are people for?. To call the unknown by its right name, “mystery”, is to suggest that we had better respect the possibility of a larger, unseen […](image)


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Act Now, Electoral Collegecaterina

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:51:52 +0000

Stopping demagogues and unqualified candidates is why the Electoral College was created. Time to reread The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton. Jon Zieger paraphrases and explains: The intention of the electoral college is to protect us from interference in our elections by foreign powers and from unqualified candidates who rise up quickly based on “little arts in […](image)


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Tyranny comes from democracycaterinatarot-towercw5u9roxgaaqlm0

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:16:05 +0000

I read Chris Hedges’ book The Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, many years ago, and I was impressed by his strong statements and his searing condemnation of the educated class to which we belong, and how we lost the people by the cynically serving them spectacle, and how that spectacle would […](image)


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Virginia Woolf’s Diary Vol. 2caterina

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:45:49 +0000

I have been reading Virginia Woolf’s Diary Vol. 2. It has been good, and I recommend it. I haven’t read it in years, and had forgotten how much she lived for other people’s compliments, how insecure she was, how she flowered under another’s approval, and how she withered beneath another’s dismissal. I also noticed how […](image)


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Lighting Their Firescaterina

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:49:37 +0000

I just reread this review of Lighting Their Fires by Nat Torkington, which had this very valuable list of “lessons” for children (and their parents). It’s a child-rearing book, which I haven’t read, but that I’ve already benefited from. So: The lessons for parents and kids: * punctuality, * use time valuably, * care about […](image)


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A handy guide to what types of speech are not protected by the First Amendmentcaterinascotus.jpg

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:25:41 +0000

Here’s a useful guide to non-controversial types of speech that are not protected by the First Amendment, as recently re-articulated by the Supreme Court. Note that “hate speech” is not among them: From 1791 to the present the First Amendment has permitted restrictions upon the content of speech in a few limited areas and has […](image)


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Storytelling, Narrative and the Utility of Knowledgecaterina

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:01:33 +0000

Why are we so intellectually dismissive towards narrative?” he asks. “Why are we inclined to treat it as rather a trashy, if entertaining, way of thinking about and talking about what we do with our minds? Storytelling performs the dual cultural functions of making the strange familiar and ourselves private and distinctive. If pupils are […](image)


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