Category Archives: POLITICS

Guantanamo Bay Issue Brief (Lite)

CASE FACTS In Padilla v. Rumsfeld—Jose Padilla, an American citizen, was arrested in Chicago’s O’Hare  International Airport after returning from Pakistan in 2002. He was initially detained as a material witness in the government’s investigation of the al Qaeda terrorist … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand and Objectivism — Objectivism vs. Altruism — Liberty vs. Socialism — On Racism — On Israel and Middle East — On Religion

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William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930). He is the only person to have served in both offices.

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“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” – James Madison, “Political Observations” (1795-04-20); also in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison (1865), Vol. IV, p. 491.

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The Secret to Donald Trump’s Hair


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The French Revolution (French: Révolution française; 1789–99) was a period of radical social and political upheaval in French and European history. The absolute monarchy that had ruled France for centuries collapsed in three years. French society underwent an epic transformation as feudal, aristocratic and religious privileges evaporated under a sustained assault from liberal political groups and the masses on the streets. Old ideas about hierarchy and tradition succumbed to new Enlightenment principles of citizenship and inalienable rights.

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Edward Bernays felt manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the ‘herd instinct’

In Propaganda (1928), Bernays argued that the manipulation of public opinion was a necessary part of democracy: The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who … Continue reading

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Walter Lippmann–Saw the public as Plato did: a great beast or a bewildered herd.

It was Lippmann who first identified the tendency of journalists to generalize about other people based on fixed ideas.  He argued that people—including journalists—are more apt to believe “the pictures in their heads” than come to judgment by critical thinking. Humans … Continue reading

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Bernard Lewis is regarded as one of the West’s leading scholars of the Middle East.

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The Third Jihad

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