Category Archives: Politics

Philosophy Is For Everyone!

Today is World Philosophy Day. WPD has been celebrated since 2005, when UNESCO institutionalized it. We read on its webpage: By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy … Continue reading

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Terror in New York: it’s what you get when you play the Green Card Lottery

The unplanned life is not worth living. – Norman DeWitt The word lottery is typically auspicious. It usually means that someone who was poor or average suddenly has the chance to become rich, or win a prize. But yesterday we learned that an … Continue reading

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Puerto Rican Citizenship: the Odd Case of Juan Mari Brás

I’m writing this blog on the anniversary of Juan Mari Brás’ death on Sept 10 of 2010. Mari Brás was a prominent socialist and independentista from Puerto Rico. He had also been a wealthy business owner, and was reputed to … Continue reading

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“Dangerous Totems”, the Civil War and Slavery

I personally find the monuments to be dangerous totems. – Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, speaking on the Confederate Monuments We remember the Titanic, but we don’t erect a monument to the iceberg. – Stephen Colbert America is going through a difficult … Continue reading

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My Favorite Free Speech Meme

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In Memory of Heather’s Legacy

“My child’s famous Facebook post was, ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,’” she said. “[Heather] paid attention. She made a lot of us pay attention.” “Here’s what I want to happen,” she continued. “You ask me, ‘What can … Continue reading

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America: “Out of Many, One”

The motto of our nation is E Pluribus Unum (“Out of Many, One”), and one can’t exaggerate the extent to which this motto defines America in all phases of its history. Many intellectuals, most prominent among them Locke, influenced the political … Continue reading

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