On Terrorism – Part 2: How to Eliminate Terrorism Without Eliminating Liberty

Posted 2010/06/13 by independentblogger
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We fight our so-called War on Terror as if we had only one ambition in our entire existence: to destroy terrorism at all costs. In reality, we have many goals, such as economic growth, personal and cultural development and many others, including maintenance, and expansion, of our civil liberties. So the real question is how do we stamp out terrorism without stamping out freedom?

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On Terrorism – Part 1: What’s It Good For?

Posted 2010/05/25 by independentblogger
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This will be a 2 part series. In part 1 I will look at terrorism from the point of view of the terrorist. I will ask ‘what’s terrorism good for?’ In Part 2 I will look at terrorism from the point of view of society. I will ask ‘how do we end terrorism without ending liberty and privacy, using what we learned in part 1?’

PART 1

Now that all the blathering about the failed bombing in Times Square has cooled down, I would like to ask a practical question: ‘what is terrorism good for?’

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On Greed: How to Not Take the Bad With the Good?

Posted 2010/05/20 by independentblogger
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Greed is the spur to action for many of our businesses and leaders Without their greed, we wouldn’t have as much production or as high a standard of living. Greed has been recognized as a good thing going back,at least, to the English and Dutch mercantilism of the 1500s, if not earlier. Since then, influential people such as Increase Mather extolled what Max Weber later called the Protestant Work Ethic, and Adam Smith who implicitly praised greed and its role along with the invisible hand of markets.

But sometimes, greed goes too far. The events of recent years show us the need for reforms:

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On Intellectual Property Part 2: How Can It Be Fixed?

Posted 2010/04/10 by independentblogger
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In the decade before the American Civil War, the South worked furiously to strengthen the position of slavery in the law. They forced several compromises that required a new slave state be added to the country with every new free state. They passed, and several times strengthened, the Fugitive Slave Act, that made it illegal for anyone to assist slaves in escaping. They considered slaves to be ‘their property,’ and they inserted this into the law of the land. They clung to this, even though mechanization and other advances were making their labor-intensive style of agricultural uneconomical anyways. Their position was plainly wrong, and slavery was abolished after our civil war.

In the last decade, the music and similar industries have worked furiously to strengthen the position of intellectual property in the law. They have forced many changes to the copyright law (especially the Copyright Acts of 1976, and 1998) to prevent anyone from stealing ‘their property’. While the Music Industry isn’t treating the music artists and consumers, quite nearly as badly as slaves, bold action is needed to restore justice in the land.

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Today’s Scandal – 4/08/2010: Police Prevent Citizens from Video-recording Police Misconduct

Posted 2010/04/09 by independentblogger
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This article in The Christian Science Monitor raises a great question: ‘Reality shows routinely tail US police officers, filming them tangling with miscreants. Cops regularly film themselves from cameras mounted on cruiser dashboards – and now special hats. But if the state uses cameras for its own purposes and defense, why are so many citizens getting in trouble for pointing their cameras at the police?’  It then presents some examples of police treating photographers badly, confiscating pictures, equipment, etc.

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In Response to ‘NYT: Do we need a new Internet? 19Feb09’

Posted 2010/03/23 by independentblogger
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I saw an article in this gentleman’s blog that made the case for a new internet where users give up their privacy in the name of security,perhaps, by creating a mandatory Internet Driver’s License. I will make the case against this: It would be ethically wrong, expensive, and ineffective.  I propose a better way.

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Today’s Scandal – 03/16/10: Revisionists Polish George W Bush’s Presidency

Posted 2010/03/16 by independentblogger
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It all began last week hen Karl Rove published a memoir defending his record as George W Bush advisor…Today I saw that the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports there is a ‘Miss me yet?’ movement in support of the former president.  Are you kidding me??? This post will set the record straight:

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