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Speaking Truth to Power and Civil Disobedience

civil disobedience November 17th, 2018

Civil disobedience is a tried-and-true, potent, and ethical way to make your grievances known. Anything from handing out pamphlets to self-immolation can be considered civil disobedience, but the quintessential method is probably group protest that commits a nominal or minor legal infraction. Common would be disrupting traffic during a march, occupying a building during business hours, and picketing that goes beyond the garden-variety. I am not sure if taking a knee at a sports event during the national anthem truly counts – that might just be innocuous free speech. However, since Trump chooses to demagogue about that, instead of letting things take their natural course, it ends up functioning like civil disobedience because of the magnitude of the disruption it engenders. This blog is about the latest trend in left-wing protesting against the powers that be: harassing conservatives during times when these bad actors aren’t working to feather their own nests and undermine the fabric of our society, but simply eating in a restaurant or some such activity.

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Quotes About Freedom by Famous Feminists

quotes about freedom January 4th, 2018

2018 is expected to be “the year of the woman.” With 2017 showing a rash of sexual harrassment allegations being taken quite seriously, and perps like Bill Cozby and Bill O’Reilly now appearing to have egg on their faces, much progress will hopefully be made this year. Daniel R. Katz edited a wonderful book that features a tremendous number and variety of quotes about freedom by famous feminists, African-Americans, and thinkers of all kinds. It’s entitled Why Freedom Matters. It’s a solid read. Must have 50-60 essays, all of which are more or less good (and some are great). Many are totally foreign to me, and were very welcome.

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