Education Funding: Where Two Fundamental American Ideals Completely Conflict.

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In response to the viral letter from a 1%-er complaining about poor kids trick or treating in her neighborhood, Libby Anne talks about the way that poor children are deliberately and systematically disadvantaged by explicit policies related to education in this country. She talks about the case of her own daughter’s school district: My kindergartener [Read More...]

James Croft on The Varieties of Oppression

Last week Kaveh Mousavi talked with me on the topic of Liberty to inaugurate a new series of such interviews. Today he published the second in the series, an interview with James Croft. In the excerpt below James makes a point that is all too often not understood or internalized, to our detriment: [T]here are many [Read More...]

Discipline, Tradition, and Freedom

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Today I am making a guest appearance on my dear friend Kaveh Mousavi’s On the Margin of Error blog. He interviewed me about liberty. He asked 7 questions. Here is my answer to one of them: Kaveh Mousavi: Do you think critical thinking is important for a truly free society or person? Can we be free [Read More...]

Discrimination Against Atheist Invocations by Local Legislatures

In their spring ruling in Greece v Galloway the Supreme Court upheld the practice of giving sectarian prayers at the head of legislative meetings as Constitutional. Since reading the Court’s opinion, I have wanted to write about 8 articles about all that was wrong with it. Then last week Megan Hamilton, a journalist, asked me for [Read More...]

Social Pushback On Slurs Does Not Violate Free Speech Rights

When someone tells you not to call black people “niggers” or women “cunts” or gays “fags” or transgender people “trannies” or the mentally disabled “retards” or your enemies “assholes”, “douchebags”, “idiots”, or “stupid”, etc., this is not a free speech issue. It’s a how-to-use-speech-without-being-abusive issue. I would vociferously defend the legal rights of people to use all [Read More...]

Moral and Philosophical Arguments Against Fetal Personhood

In preparation for a forthcoming article on attempts by right wing activists and legislatures to pass “fetal personhood amendments” that would outlaw abortion or limit abortion rights, Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, interviewed me about a number of philosophical issues related to the [Read More...]

Dear Mr. Ambassador, Representative of Pakistan (Re: #TwitterTheocracy)

H.E. Ambassador Masood Khan Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Pakistani Mission to the United Nations 8 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 Re: Pakistani government censoring accounts and posts on Twitter Dear Mr. Ambassador, We, the undersigned organizations, represent hundreds of thousands of ex-Muslims, liberal religious believers, secularists, humanists, atheists, and [Read More...]

My Interview With Blind, Openly Atheist Congressional Candidate James Woods from Arizona

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James Woods is running for a seat in the United States Congress. He is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District. He is blind and an open atheist. Below is the complete transcript of my interview with him on April 27, 2014 with only very minor edits. The transcript was done [Read More...]

The Onion’s Philosophical Fact Check of Obama

Following President Obama’s State of the Union speech from Tuesday night, The Onino decided to clarify ambiguous and erroneous statements from the speech. Here were a few key results (Obama’s speech remarks in bold with analysis of their accuracy unbolded: “My wife, Mackenzie”: The president’s wife is named Michelle. “The American people are capable of great things”: [Read More...]


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