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In defense of dangerous ideas

Age of Reason

In every age, taboo questions raise our blood pressure and threaten moral panic. But we cannot be afraid to answer them.

BY STEVEN PINKER


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Crossing Paths with Vanunu: a (GENUINE) Christian prophet for the 5th time

Age of Reason

By Eileen Fleming

"This is the spot where they stoned to death the first Christian martyr for freedom of speech."-Vanunu to me in Jerusalem, July 2007.


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Ditching the Khristian God for Righteousness' Sake

Age of Reason

Emboldened Atheists Are Finding Purpose In Coming Out Of The Closet

Charles Lewis


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Imminent Crises: Threats and Opportunities

Age of Reason

by Noam Chomsky

Regrettably, there are all too many candidates that qualify as imminent and very serious crises. Several should be high on everyone’s agenda of concern, because they pose literal threats to human survival:


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Attorney acquitted on federal income tax charges

Age of Reason

Cryer stopped filing income taxes more than 10 years ago

By Loresha Wilson

A Shreveport attorney who has challenged the government for years on the legality of filing federal income taxes has been acquitted on charges he failed to file returns.


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Demonizing Iran Becomes Harder and Harder All the Time

Age of Reason

Last week, a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency to Iran "culminated in a 'serious and substantial' agreement heralding a new level of Iran-IAEA cooperation," writes Kaveh Afrasiabi in Asia Times Online. Meanwhile, the administration's verbal onslaught against Iran has achieved a level of desperation as it watches its justifications for attacking Iran evaporate.


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Questions of Empire

Age of Reason

by Adam Engel

What to you do if you’re a minority and “everyone” hates you? What if you realize that lots of people like or even love you, actually, but none of them are ever on TV? And the TV was the one that told you that you were a minority and everyone hated you in the first place?


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A Choice, Not An Echo

Age of Reason

Justin Raimondo

Here is the text of a speech I just gave at a Ron Paul for President rally in Mountain View, California. A good 600 people showed up in the middle of a park next to Google headquarters.


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Don't Delay: US Out of Iraq Now

Age of Reason

by Rep. Ron Paul

I rise in opposition to HR 2956 which, while a well-intended attempt to reduce our nation's seemingly unlimited military commitment in Iraq, is in so many respects deeply flawed.


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Second thoughts

Age of Reason

By Salama A Salama

Over the past few weeks, terror attributed to Muslim extremist groups has been on the rise.


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Time to act, before it is too late

Age of Reason

September 11th. A date everyone remembers. Whether it be due to the terrorist attacks in the USA in 2001, or the CIA-sponsored terrorist attack which murdered Salvador Allende, the democratically elected Marxist President of Chile, on the same date in 1973.


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The Scientific Mind of Ben Franklin

Age of Reason

Jerry Weinberger

Had Benjamin Franklin managed to outwit the Grim Reaper, he would have turned three hundred years old in 2006, and would probably have been making plans for another three hundred. Journalist, scientist, diplomat, and vendor of the virtues, Franklin stands in our imagination as the iconic “First American,” the self-made man and proud inventor of the future. His scientific achievements were indeed interesting and impressive—especially his research on electricity and his invention of the lightning rod.


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The Secular God

Age of Reason

By bobkoehler

Even as we throw a wall of barbed wire and tin across our southern border, we’re allowing the only national wall that actually serves a legitimate purpose to fall into serious disrepair, with signs of active government collusion in its collapse.


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Where Christians Go Wrong

Age of Reason

A confession of sorts: I am not a Christian nor am I a Jew, for one simple reason; I understand the Bible too well to be seduced into organized religion. That is explained here.


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The Rebirth of Our Nation!

Age of Reason

by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

The universe which we inhabit is enormous; but, nonetheless, big things in history, such as the births of Nicholas of Cusa, Johannes Kepler, Gottfried Leibniz, and Albert Einstein, sometimes begin from small places.


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Dismantling the Corporate Behemoths and Leviathans

Age of Reason

By Rob Kall

I stopped over my friends house yesterday. We'd planned to go out for dinner.

But they had a salesman from Verizon there. He was setting them up with a package so they'd have a combo package-- video, internet and phone, all working on optical fiber network.


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In Defense of the 'Chick Flick'

Age of Reason

Gloria Steinem

I propose, as the opposite of "chick flick," films called "prick flicks." Not only will it serve film critics well, but its variants will add to the literary lexicon.


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Hamas has more legitimate and beneficial Power in Palestine than Fatah, Israel, USA, or UK

Age of Reason

Hiyam Noir

Alan Johnston Freed By Hamas Executive Forces & Al Qassam Brigades


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Overgrown Kids, Unshackled Ids, and the Death of the Superego

Age of Reason

Jason Miller

Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.–Sigmund Freud

Frightening as it may be, the Earth’s fate rests in the hands of children. With incredibly formidable military firepower at its disposal, the United States could catalyze Armageddon at any time. And while they may be adults chronologically, our sociopolitical structure is dominated by emotional infants.


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Violence Of The Master, Violence Of The Slave

Age of Reason

By Jorge Majfud

For some reason, the phrase "violence begets violence" was popularized the world over at the same time that its implicit meaning was kept restricted to the violence of the oppressed.


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Palestine: Freedom Is What They Want

Age of Reason

by Charley Reese

You might recall how President George W. Bush was wont to wax eloquent on the virtues of democracy and how often he spoke of spreading democracy to the Middle East.


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Hugo Chavez is doing good things, but he is a mortal

Age of Reason

Aldo Vidali

I gratefully received advice about the danger of personality cults ... my enthusiasm for the vision of Hugo Chavez made me forget that I witnessed as a child popular enthusiasm for the good things Mussolini was doing for the people until power went to his head and lead Italy to war.


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Russia sees absolutely no threat from Iran

Age of Reason

aims to continue nuclear cooperation

Russia does not see any threat from Iran. The Russian administration feels bewildered about the fact that the USA uses those unreal threats to justify the deployment of its missile defense system in Eastern Europe.


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US Needs to Exit Iraq

Age of Reason

by Mikhail Gorbachev

Clashes between U.S. troops and insurgents throughout Iraq, political maneuvering in the United States over its presence there and the repercussions of that presence around the world leave no doubt that the Bush administration’s hopes for a turnaround have been frustrated.


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In Praise of the Shabby-Ass Human Glory of Every Day Resistance

Age of Reason

Tantrums of Mass Destruction or The Enduring Beauty of Ugly Truth

by Phil Rockstroh

Recent news reports have revealed that the Bush Administration has bestowed upon itself the right to grant itself absolute power if “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions” might come to pass.


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'There Are Cracks in Everything'

Age of Reason

That's how the light gets in

By Jim Kirwan

Every nation has a set of myths by which its people live and die; the USA is no exception. We just finished Memorial Day and soon we'll be approaching the tortured-celebrations of July 4th. Both these national spotlights involve public mythologies that have guided this nation for decades; yet the events that these holidays are meant to commemorate are no longer even remotely questioned. War is cheap for most Americans, because the lesser people among us fight our wars ­ not us!


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America needs America to care about Americans

Age of Reason

We are a nation of many different cultures and our people have come from all the far corners of the world seeking freedom and living a life as best they can, without war and condemnation. This was the ideal of the Statue of Liberty and many of our ancestors worked hard and long hours to provide a home for their family and food on the table.


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America's Progressive Majority

Age of Reason

by Eric Lotke

The façade of conservative political dominance is crumbling. The disintegration runs deeper than public disaffection with the Bush administration’s catastrophic failures and is more fundamental than the political realignment of the 2006 election. The notion of America as a “conservative nation” was always more fiction than fact, but the nation’s rejection of President Bush’s brand of “you’re-on-your-own” conservatism and wedge-issue divisiveness is so broad that today the façade is simply unsustainable.


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The cry of the invisible

Age of Reason

In Latin America, populist movements are rising up against western intervention.

By John Pilger

"The Guardian" --- - In the 1960s, when I first went to Latin America, I travelled up the cone of the continent from Chile across the Altiplano to Peru, mostly in rickety buses and single-carriage trains. It was an experience my memory stored for life, especially the spectacle of the movement of people.


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Responsibility

Age of Reason

By Sgt. Kevin Benderman

A few months ago I wrote an article talking about human sacrifice and slavery and how human kind had moved away from those institutions when we had educated ourselves enough to realize that these were not honorable or sane things to do to one another.


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HUGO CHAVEZ' VISION: THE EARTH'S DREAM

Age of Reason

By Aldo Vidali

"Democratic Socialism is love of the people." These words of Venezuela’s President announced the birth of a different world – a just and peaceful world the youth of the entire planet believes is possible.


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A recipe for national health: more Colin, less Rice

Age of Reason

By Jayne Lyn Stahl

Colin Powell, former secretary of state, isn't stalling when it comes to speaking his mind on closing down the naval base at Guantanamo Bay unlike his successor, Condeeleezza Rice who approaches Gitmo the way most of us approach doing our taxes. In fact, Powell says that he would close Gitmo "not tomorrow but this afternoon," acknowledging that the detention center, in Cuba, has done more damage to America's reputation, and national security than good. (Reuters)


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Let Torture Into Court

Age of Reason

The judiciary ought to hear suits over U.S. abuse of captives

By Jonathan Hafetz

Should federal courts hear claims alleging torture by U.S. officials? They should indeed. Denying a federal forum for torture claims does not merely undermine the United States’ commitment to a universally condemned practice. It also weakens the institutional role of the courts as a check on executive power and tarnishes their reputation as guarantors of individual rights.


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Bring Back the Books!

Age of Reason

Robert A. Franco

I love technology. But you have to know its limitations and it is certainly not the best solution for every problem.


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A 21st Century Christian Prophet

Age of Reason

by Eileen Fleming

"Israel will not survive unless it does justice!"


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We the Sheeple of the United States of America

Age of Reason

Conservatives, Liberals, Progressives, and Yellow Journalists all choose sides as they are led by ropes through the rings in their noses. How can 'all' sides be so blinded to reality as they are being played as the proverbial Pawns in the Game?


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The Thirteen Stars and Stripes: An Expatriate's Alarm

Age of Reason

By Emanuel E. Garcia

A quartet of laws has been signed that lays the complete legal foundation for the takeover of our constitutional democracy.


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Religious Fundamentalists, Militant Atheists: Both Are Misguided and Dangerous

Age of Reason

It’s time to move on from the limitations and dogma of traditional religion and evolve to a higher level of consciousness as practiced in pantheism and Buddhism.

By J.F. Miglio


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IAEA chief warns of "crazies" seeking Iran war

Age of Reason

The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief warned on Friday against the "new crazies" advocating military action to halt Iran's nuclear programme and said he did not want to see another war like that in Iraq.


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When Common Sense Is Not All That Common

Age of Reason

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

In an attempt to rush a deal through, the US Senate has begun to debate the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunities and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 - the so-called comprehensive immigration reform. This is another clear example of how rhetoric, labels and partisanship are getting in the way of common sense. I guess in today's American politics, common sense is not all that common.


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On Patriotism

Age of Reason

by Rep. Ron Paul

For some, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. For others, it means dissent against a government's abuse of the people's rights.


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"The Entire Government Has Failed Us"

Age of Reason

"Who among us will stop this war of lies?," asks Keith Olbermann.

In a powerful edition of his "Special Comment", Keith Olbermann says that the Democrats capitulation on the Iraq War funding bill amounts to their "Chamberlain moment".


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Chagossians win right to go home

Age of Reason

The people of the Chagos Islands could be able to return to their homeland in the Indian Ocean after a victory in the British high court.


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Congress Must Do Its Duty

Age of Reason

by Rep. Ron Paul

Many of my colleagues, faced with the reality that the war in Iraq is not going well, line up to place all the blame on the president. The president "mismanaged" the war, they say. "It's all the president's fault," they claim.


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As a supporter of the U.S. Constitution, I will always defend free speech

Age of Reason

By Mary MacElveen

It is not often that I will angrily reply to what a respondent of one of my articles will opine, but in this case I must do so. In response to my Ron Paul piece, it was this one that had me see red.


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We Must End This Catastrophic, Unspeakable and Ongoing Calamity We Call Iraq

Age of Reason

by US Senator Robert Byrd

Remarks Delivered on the US Senate Floor


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Ron Paul on Blowback

Age of Reason

By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Plenty of reasonable people can disagree about foreign policy. What's really strange is when one reasonable position is completely and forcibly excluded from the public debate.


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The Other Great Flood Story

Age of Reason

A familiar story, told from a different perspective

By Adrian Barnett

Maheem sat on the rock, frustrated at the cloudy sky. She normally enjoyed watching the sunset as she waited for her husband to return from the fields, but the unseasonal weather had thwarted her today.


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Bolivia - From Colonialism To Indianism

Age of Reason

By Christian Rudel

Bolivia Rising

The "new Bolivia" that emerged from the ballot boxes in 2005 cannot be reduced to a mere victory of the political left, as some Western commentators have characterized it. Rather, it is the victory of "Indianism" over more than 500 years of colonialism and injustice.


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Separation of Church & Hate & State

Age of Reason

Campaign to Kill the Matthew Shepard Act

MEL SEESHOLTZ

At first glance, hate-crime laws may seem unnecessary. Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:




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