Category Archives: Political Philosophy

The Bomb, Duck-and-Cover Drills, and You (today, right now)

Burt the Turtle is getting old enough that he requires an introduction where for a long time none would have been needed. In the 1950s through the 1980s, there existed a real threat that everything on Earth would end in … Continue reading

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Antidisestablishmentarianism.

Antidisestablishmentarianism. I’ve always wanted to have use for this longest-of-words word. When I first overheard it spoken – probably by my elders in mere cynical derision of overwrought terminology – I was in the fourth grade. I understood only two … Continue reading

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Were the U.S. (today) in charge of East Germany (in the `80s), Communism Wouldn’t Have Fallen

It’s Independence Day back in the states, but here in Germany, they don’t seem to celebrate it (not sure why yet, but I’m on the case). I had a worrisome thought tonight. I realized that oppressive communism as it functioned … Continue reading

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“Kein Mensch ist Illegal”

I’ve been noticing graffiti and stickers bearing this slogan around town here in Dresden, and I did twenty seconds of web searching to figure out what it’s about. I had a half-understanding of this from just reading the text of … Continue reading

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What Miranda v. Arizona Can Teach Us about Intelligence Dragnets in the Age of Terror

Recently, I spent some time listening to the oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS, of course!) from the 1960s. Specifically, I was listening to the Miranda v. Arizona case from 1965. You know the one: as a … Continue reading

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