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Aug 24 2013

Et Tu, Buddhist? – In every war, both sides claim that God’s on their side.

Throughout the centuries people have killed each other in vast numbers for the very best of reasons — religion. Oh they’ve done it for other reasons too — money, politics, geography, skin color, revolution — but never with more enthusiasm than when the cause was holy. From the early Christian martyrs to the Crusades to …

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Aug 16 2013

The devil is in the taxes-My foolproof plan will rescue our society from the sleazy grasp of special-interest politics.

While pretty much everybody agrees that the U.S. tax code is a mess, nobody does anything about it. Oh, politicians talk about doing something, but mainly what they do is make it worse. There’s a reason for this. You. You’re the reason. People, alas, tend to be greedy and selfish and their attitude toward taxation …

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Aug 13 2013

The Bully Party:This sure isn’t the representative democracy the Founders were after

If our government were a card game, the American people would surely have realized by now that they’re playing with a marked deck. The Republicans are cheating. In the 2012 elections, Democratic candidates for House seats collectively won about five percent more votes than their Republican opponents did overall. Yet the Republicans hung onto their …

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Aug 07 2013

When personalized becomes predatory: Advertisers set their strategies according to damaging stereotypes.

What do you think of when you hear the words “internet surveillance”? If you’ve been following the news, you might be thinking about the National Security Agency’s PRISM spying program. Or maybe you’re recalling debates about the age-old battle between security and liberty and deciding where to draw the line. That’s not the whole story, …

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Jul 30 2013

Depending on the kindness of strangers:The only sure result of Detroit’s bankruptcy is that armies of lawyers will make bales of money

  The other shoe finally dropped in Detroit. The once-proud city — variously known as “Motown,” “the Arsenal of Democracy,” and “the City of Champions” — filed for bankruptcy. There’s a local effort to head off the filing, but most people don’t think it will get anywhere. Detroit’s the largest American city ever to do …

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Jun 18 2013

A rotten bacon behemoth: If a Chinese company’s bid to acquire Smithfield goes through, consumers and farmers will suffer.

American consumers may not even notice the change if a newly proposed takeover by China’s largest meat processor of our nation’s leading pork company goes through. But the $4.7 billion transaction would certainly show up on our plates: in the form of farmer exploitation, more factory farms, and a more complicated supply chain that increases …

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