In 2002, when Pulitzer Prize winner, Chris Hedges
published War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning,
he wrote in depth about the warrior culture that
is the USA. “The communal march against an
enemy generates a warm, unfamiliar bond with our
neighbors, our community, our nation, wiping out
unsettling undercurrents of alienation and dislocation," he
wrote. “It gives us purpose, meaning, a reason
In 2014 the American military-industrial-media
complex is still salivating for war to further
line its pockets. And a president elected to get
us out of two wars in which we were mired, displays
caution but finds himself pressured on many sides
to do something warrior-like.
The drumbeat includes
the usual: ramping up of fear against an enemy, claims
of a threat to what's now called the “homeland,” and images
of cruelty that invoke the sense that “we
can't let them get away with that, especially when
they do it to Americans.” Few are interviewed
in mainstream media who argue against the whole
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders appeared briefly
on “Meet the Press” in September for
the first time in his career. But no Chris Hedges
or Noam Chomsky is likely to appear as the debate
centers on the best tactics of fighting the bad
guys rather than how to change US policies that
spawn terrorist groups.
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Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
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"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at
the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona
State University on March 9, 2012, is now available
in print and online in the Law Journal for
"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
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I Had Time to Read Only One Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Zoe Williams: "George
Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls,
they want to change them..Liberals do everything
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political
argument – every year, it cedes more ground
to the right, under the mistaken impression that
this will bring everything closer to the centre....This
is what he believes it would take
to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment
of argument by evidence in favour of argument by
moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation
of what those morals are; the acceptance that there
is no "middle" or third way, no such
thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent
views, conservative on some things, progressive
on others – but they are not moderates,
they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding
that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent,
cynical or grasping..."
Wlliams: "George Lakoff: 'Liberals Do
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