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Scot McKnight: “Zealotry’s Environment”

Zealots judge and sometimes condemn others who do not live by their rules, who explore things they are uncomfortable with — not because they’ve thought through it but because they don’t trust others to make good decisions. The freed, however, can live with the ambiguity that freedom in the Spirit creates: they can trust God to work with others, they can trust others to be responsible, and they can trust another group to discern its way in this world. The freed can render judgment as discernment, the zealots only judgment as condemnation. The freed can say “that’s not good, that’s not wise,” the zealot will say “you are bad.”

Beverly Mann: “Hobby Lobby’s Religion Lobby”

The two stated grounds for the corporations-are-people-too-my-friend right to First Amendment free-speech rights in Citizens United were (1) that the members of a corporation or union are united by a common political, ideological or monetary goal that is central to the existence of the nonprofit or for-profit corporation or union, and which the money — er, speech — addresses; and (2) that the general public has an interest in hearing more political speech, not less. …

Unless Justice Kennedy & Co. think more religion on the part of for-profit corporations that sell housewares and crafts is in the public interest, because lamps, picture frames and art supplies are people too, my friend, and because more religion by lamps, picture frames and art supplies is in the public [interest], then Hobby Lobby probably will end up having to comply with the parts of the ACA that violate the lamps’, picture frames’, and art supplies’ religious beliefs. But, who knows?

Andrew Sullivan: “Will the Cardinals Fight On?”

They are not [giving their employees access to contraceptive coverage]. They’re giving their employees work. Because of that work, the government will ensure that they also get a contraception option. If the Bishops think this issue is more important, than, say, releasing all the documents from the Los Angeles Archdiocese on the rape and abuse of children, they are even more out of touch with their parishioners and Christianity than we previously feared.

Duncan Black: “401Ks are a disaster”

The 401(k) experiment has been a disaster, a disaster which threatens to doom millions to economic misery during the later years of their lives. Proposals to improve our system of private retirement savings — even good ones — will offer little to no help for the baby boomers who are currently nearing retirement, and are also unlikely to be of sufficient help for current younger workers. We need to increase Social Security benefits, now and in the future. It’s the only realistic way to provide people with guaranteed economic security and comfort post-retirement.

Rebecca Schoenkopf: “Rand Paul Outraged That Low-Flow Toilets Can’t Handle His Monster Dumps”

Rand Paul makes an excellent point, as always, of course: Why does the gummint remove my choice to live in a house with exposed wiring? If I choose to take that risk to save money, I should be able to! And why does it remove my choice to eat e. Coli and Carl’s Jr.’s choice to serve it to me? And why does it remove BP’s choice to dump the entire contents of the earth’s innards into the Gulf of Mexico? And why does it remove black people’s choice to not get served by white restaurateurs? THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT IS GENOCIDE!

 

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     “Free speech?  Oh, SURE. You can rant all you want, but not on their TV networks.” – Book of the SubGenius

    Look how long it took Occupy Wall Street to get any media acknowledgement at all, vs Fox News’s tendency to devote entire broadcasts to any time three old white guys showed up in public in Paul Revere cosplay.

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     There’s like six corporations who own most of  the TV & radio stations in the US. 
    Corporate propaganda?  You’re soaking in it!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concentration_of_media_ownership

  • DavidCheatham

    As I have said before, anyone who thinks Citizens United is bad because it works on the assumption that corporations are people is not paying attention.

    That is not to say that such an assumption is _not_ bad and wrongheaded and potentially disastrous. It is, in fact, completely insane to assert that something that _exists solely because the government decided it did_, like a corporation, to have sort of ‘rights’ at all.

    But the disaster of CU is the ‘money is speech’ part which completely destroys any sort of limits on campaign spending. 

    If the government cannot stop ‘people’ from running political ads to whatever extent they want, then scarcely matters if ‘people’ include corporations, or just require corporations to _hire_ people to run ads. (Which is _already_ how it works!)

    Frankly, if we actually want to keep ‘free speech’ *and continue to function, we’re at the point where society would best be served by near constant libel lawsuits against specific people who think they can lie in political ads (And on certain ‘news’ networks.) with impunity. That is the actual problem. It’s not corporate personhood(1), it’s not even ‘money’ per se, it’s blatant, constant, utter lies spewed 24 hours a day and completely unchecked by the news media.

    If we’re going to amend the constitution to ‘fix’ CU, I’d like to see an amendment creating a much lower bar for suing for lies and even misinformation in the political arena. The next time that ad runs even _implying_ a falsehood, the entity that not only ran it should be sued out of existence, but part of the damages award should be to make their donor list public and people involved in it should be barred from political office.

    1) Corporate personhood is causing _other_ problems though, the most recent and obvious being the idiotic idea that corporations somehow have religious beliefs.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     I keep saying that “corporations are people” wouldn’t be a problem in the absence of “and money is speech”.

    I wouldn’t actually mind corporations having the vote, so long as they only got ONE, instead of a backdoor that let them just run the elections directly and cut the people out altogether.

    Actually, I kinda like the basic idea of corporations being people. It means we can tax them and throw them in jail when they break the law.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    I think it’s worth re-watching this 1946 film called “Despotism”. It makes the very salient point that the economic and media structure of a country has a great deal to do with the proneness of the government to extremism (in that era, it was assumed fascism was the most likely threat, but considering that fascist movements have manipulated the electoral vote to create the appearance of broad public consensus for their methods, that can be extended to any form of political party which seeks to subvert the democratic process, e.g. Republican gerrymandering).


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