- fishie9977 asked Why does God allow animals to suffer? Below her exposition.
By Gaither Stewart
I speak of myself as a Socialist but in my innermost self I think of myself as a Communist. I prefer the Communist name to the beautiful word “Socialist” because the latter has in many places been either altered, weakened, diluted, deformed, its real meaning betrayed by social democrats happy to do capitalism’s bidding, and it has become ambiguous and has been ostracized as in the capitalist homeland, USA. Moreover, as a rule the Socialist designation is qualified in one way or another that detracts from its real meaning: Democratic Socialist, National Socialist, Freedom Socialist, Progressive Socialist, ad absurdum. Anything you want it to mean. Still, although very few Americans want to be known as Socialists, in recent times one hears it used more and more often, as in the organization, Socialists of America.
By Ramzy Barou, Cyrano’s Journal Today
[Bernard-Henri Levy in Libya during the war.]
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “the world’s most influential Jew”, Bernard Henri Levy is number 45, according to an article published in the Israeli rightwing newspaper the Jerusalem Post, on May 21, 2010.
Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
For Secular Humanist Jews Yom Kippur is not a day of atonement, as it is for theist Jews. We may well have done wrong things in the past year, but we do not regard them as “sins.” “Sin” is a religious concept requiring the existence of an unknown, unknowable, and unprovable, yet somehow all-powerful super-natural being which at some level has control over our lives or parts of them. For us, Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, is a day of renewal and rededication. We reflect, we restore, we renew — we look ahead, not behind.
By Richard Girard
This is the first of two parts explaining why–like its left-wing counterpart, Marxism–Libertarianism is a Utopian idea that cannot possibly work in the real world, unless that world was populated by James Madison’s angels (Federalist No.51). But like Marxism, it does have some good ideas that we should not ignore. the difficulty is separating the wheat from the chaff.
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“The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays, “Politics” (Second Series, 1844).
It is an untested and utopian system, which historian Michael Lind has described as a “cult,” having no real world example upon which its proponents may base their lofty claims of moral, economic, and political superiority . Robert Locke, in his article in the March 14, 2005 issue of The American Conservative , described it as the “Marxism of the Right .” I am writing of course, about Libertarianism, in particular as practiced by those on the Right.