I am Union! (Happy May Day!)

This week, I officially became Union. I have joined the National Writers Union (NWU). The NWU is affiliated with the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the AFL-CIO.As I have become disillusioned with the Wyoming Democratic Party , and party politics in general, I have been looking for groups and organizations that will allow me to advance social justice while also enjoying the association that comes with belonging to a group. I am social like that.On the campaign trail, few groups were more … [Read more...]

More or Less: Some Insights from Aristotle

Jeff Shinabarger's More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity reminded me of two philosophers, Aristotle and Peter Singer and how they addressed the idea of generosity. Today, I want to focus on Aristotle.AristotleAristotle directly addresses the idea of generosity in his Ethics. Generosity is a virtue for Aristotle and as such it is the middle point between a deficiency and an excess. Both the deficiency and the excess, in this case, are vices.The key to generosity for … [Read more...]

They Might Be Giants “Your Racist Friend”

I have long loved They Might Be Giants. The song "Your Racist Friend" is my favorite song, partially because experiences in life often (sadly) remind me of the narrative in the song. Today, I was remind of this song by comments #12 and #13 on this thread. Holy Crap!"Like" Approaching Justice on Facebook … [Read more...]

Thomas Pogge on Studying Under John Rawls

John Rawls is my hero, but I never met him. So, I love hearing personal experiences like that of Thomas Pogge. And to think...I have been accused of hero worship. :)Source: The Carnegie Council's Ethics Matters Series.I tend to side more with Pogge on the idea of global justice than I do Rawls. However, as Pogge mentions, many ideas about global justice, including the amazing work of Pogge himself, have been directly influenced by the Rawlsian concept of justice.  … [Read more...]

LDS Church Supports Move to Include Gay Scouts

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a statement in support of the shift by the Boy Scouts of America that will allow gay Scouts to fully participate within the Scout program.I want to share part of that statement:"While the Church has not launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain 'among the most … [Read more...]

Politics, Camping, and McDonald’s: Happy Birthday to Todd

Todd, my oldest child, turns 13 today.Todd is my thinker. When I am trying to get him to make a decision, his thinking can drive me crazy.Todd is also an observer. He wants to know what is going on around him. In the mornings, when I drove him to school, Todd and I would listen to NPR's Morning Edition together. He would just suck up the information.During the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary it drove him crazy that they were constantly focusing on the Republicans. At the same time, he … [Read more...]

Community of Christ and the Liberal Mormon

With the announcement that the National Conference of the Community of Christ has recommended expanding marriage to include gay and lesbian couples, I have spent the last day reflecting on something that I have thought a lot about for the the last few years:What does the Community of Christ mean to somebody like me, a Mormon who is politically, theologically, and philosophically liberal?In this case, by Mormon I mean a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the … [Read more...]