13
Nov
So many times, people engaged in political speech, broadly construed, aren’t really trying to change anyone’s mind. They’re more interested in a rant that makes them feel self-righteous, or getting in digs that feel satisfying to deliver. Don’t confuse scoring debating points with persuading people. Listen to them. Understand them. Respect their insights. And explain why you differ in a way that permits them to agree without seeming to have lost, or looking foolish.
02
Apr

Email war erupts between Glenn Greenwald and Sam Harris

Sam Harris: “The article is defamatory—indeed, it is beneath responding to—and it was destined to be buried in noise until you retweeted it. You endorsed it and amplified its effects—hence my annoyance. What part of that process don’t you understand?” 

Glenn Greenwald: “I think you’re embarrassed that people are now paying attention to some of the darker and uglier sentiments that have been creeping into this form of athesim advocacy, and are lashing out at anyone helping to shine a light on that. A bizarre and wholly irrational fixation on Islam, as opposed to the evils done by other religions, has been masquerdaing in the dark under the banner of rational atheism for way too long.”

The bickering is in reference to this article, which posits that New Atheists, and Harris in particular, promote “scientific racism” towards Muslims. Greenwald tweeted the article earlier today. Harris also posted the email exchange on his blog.

15
Mar

"It comes as a great shock…to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance, along with everybody else, has not pledged allegiance to you. It comes as a great shock to discover that Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, when you were rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians were you. It comes as a great shock to discover that the country, which is your birthplace and to which you owe your life and your identity, has not, in its whole system of reality, evolved any place for you."

- James Baldwin

23
Oct
Fear not, another third party debate is being held next Tuesday at 9pm.

Fear not, another third party debate is being held next Tuesday at 9pm.

23
Oct
All of us need to stand up and demand free democracy and demand free and open debates.
23
Oct

Watch Live Stream of Third Party Presidential Debate at 9pm

22
Oct
Listening to new Kendrick Lamar album. So much better than that debate noise.

Listening to new Kendrick Lamar album. So much better than that debate noise.

22
Oct

Watch the Third Party Candidates Debate Live on YouTube Tomorrow Night

If you can tolerate one final debate, this one will surely yield more diverse views and broader discussions. Participants include Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Jill Stein (Green Party), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party), and Rocky Anderson (Justice Party). Larry King is the moderator.

22
Oct

Debate Fail

There is almost complete agreement between these two candidates on foreign policy issues. Both are equally willing to go to war with Iran, impose “crippling” sanctions that primarily hurt innocent Iranians, and kill and terrorize civilians in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia with counter-productive drone strikes. 

And election fervor means that few Obama supporters will challenge the President’s policies.

I really wish I hadn’t watched the debate tonight…

22
Oct

Romney agrees with Obama’s drone strikes

And so Obama doesn’t even address it and instead retreats to talking points.

It’s a tremendous loss to our country that nobody will challenge these two candidates on this issue to their faces.

22
Oct
#DebateFail

#DebateFail

22
Oct

Debate Fact Check: There is nothing “peaceful” about “crippling sanctions.”

22
Oct

Obama and Romney are in almost complete agreement on foreign policy issues

Sad but true.

22
Oct

They’re talking about employment and the deficit again…

Was this not supposed to be a foreign policy debate?

22
Oct

Democracy is good, we should try to spread peace, our economy should be better….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz