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Torture and Habeas Corpus

Monday, November 26th, 2007

The advocates of torture, allied with advocates of denial of habeas corpus, say that these violations of normative Western political wisdom will gain them (and, they say, thereby also will gain us, collectively) some advantage.

But they do not tell us that any advantage gained through these supposedly legalized denials of traditional rights: to be brought before justice; and to be assumed innocent – i.e. not to be tortured in order to produce evidence against oneself.

These violations of civilized norms may only occur if a price is paid by civilization itself.

Once that becomes clear, one begins to notice that those who argue otherwise are either ignorant of the development of civilized norms in our cultural’s political institutions; or, if they in fact do have a sense of all that, then it seems to me that such proponents must simply be lying to us about their motivations. They reach too easily for the evil solution.

I view all advocates of torture, and advocates of denying habeas corpus with this in mind.

The actual torturers and deniers of habeas corpus, from command on down, are criminals, I say.

The magnitudes of their crimes are measured against values we have a right to hold sacred.

Do Not Force Public School Students to Wear Uniforms

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Some public school boards argue that social conflict may be avoided through the imposition of conformity of dress among the students. This idea is an indirect assault upon one of the fundamental principles of freedom, which is that restrictions must only arise from compelling facts. There are no compelling facts that would dictate that students must dress in uniforms. It is not permissible that restrictions on Constitutional rights may be imposed in order that someones ideas about social control may be tested.

There is, within the animal that we all inhabit, a strong innate human social tendency toward fascism. I call that tendency “the fascist gene complex”. Whatever it is called, it expresses itself in a variety of active and passive roles, the common goal of which is to form strong groups which gain advantage over, steal from, rape, kill or eat the weak.

This inborn potential represents a constant threat to such higher-ordered human social inventions as political democracy. It is especially strong among those human primates which fail of a personality trait known as intellectual reflection. (I say this would without doubt include vampires of any breed, Republican or not, as vampires are said to be invisible in mirrors. I’m not sure whether it depends upon whose mirror it is.)

There is a substantial movement against the imposition of such personal conformity in the public schools as is represented by compulsory uniforms for the students.

The anti-uniform sentiment seems to grow from a profound and natural understanding of the meaning of freedom, and also – perhaps yet more profoundly – a sense of the meaning of the loss of freedom.

Such grassroots movements to preserve freedom are the very life of democracy itself.

denomination of oil transactions, etc.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

The US is heavily in debt, much held by Saudi Arabia, Japan and China.

Iran is on the defensive, understandably. At the same time it is the second largest OPEC producer. Iran is asking Japan to please pay for oil in something other than dollars.

Bush is poking the tiger. What is his plan? If it succeeds, who wins? Who loses if it doesn’t?

Could a general movement away from the dollar in international oil sales affect the US internal economy?

Add the bursting real estate bubble.

Add dismal US creditability and the degree of international hatred toward us.

Karzai meets with Ahmadinejad, despite strong US pressure not to.

“After departing from Kabul, Mr Ahmadinejad was due to fly to Turkmenistan before going on to Kyrgyzstan to attend a summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a body created by Russia and China to address regional security threats, foster economic integration and counter US influence in central Asia.”

Is the US demos prepared for the effects of imperial retreat? Huh? Where am we?