In the mid-1950s, there were 5,000 registered lobbyists in Washington. Today, there are 12,000 — and, by several counts, many, many more…The money they spend — as much as $3.5 billion annually in recent years — sounds substantial but is trivial compared with what they are able to divert from the government’s $3.5 trillion […]

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Out of whose womb came the ice and the hoary frost of heaven? The waters are hidden as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer […]

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf […]

From SOPA and PIPA to ACTA to CISPA to the TPP and now back to CISPA, internet activists have been caught up in a deliberately bewildering game of whack-a-mole with freedom-crushing legislation. Source: Corbettreport.com

I’m interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life.        -Toni Morrison Any true academic or informed citizen will concur that a sound historical perspective is invaluable to […]

Oppenheimer on creation of atomic bomb and subsequent deployment.