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When Atheists Are A+holes

Fifty percent of Americans think atheists are a pain in the ass. Only half as many dislike Muslims, despite the national hobby of raining electric death on Muslims the world over. The reason for this disparity should be obvious: Modern ...

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Evolutionary Zen

The upcoming presidential debates will likely sidestep details of immigration, employment, offshoring, or public safety. Instead, valuable minutes will be given to philosophical issues, providing ample opportunity for each candidate to ...

Pamela Anderson

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10 Things I Hate That Everybody Loves

One of the downsides of being special is that you feel out of place wherever you go. I don't understand half the stuff people like and I suspect they don't either. Take cigars, for example: 1. CIGARS You don'like cigars, you like the ...

Sir John Gielgud

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Google Gaydar

Our era's dominant narrative focuses lavishly on gays, who are portrayed as society's powerless victims. Yet gays themselves don"€™t find the party line very interesting. They like to picture themselves as culturally dominant. For ...

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Let’s Be Perfectly Clear About Scientology

As someone who was molested in a previous life, I have a lot of respect for Scientology. Not only does this 3.5-million-strong “Way to Happiness” offer answers that help people “clean” their souls, it’s ...

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The Ten-Million-Dollar Question

I just got back from Virginia Beach, and boy are my arms tired of gesticulating. We drove there to cover a surf competition, and spending 16 hours in a car with an all-male film crew inevitably leads to the question, "€œHow much would ...

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Reducing Hate by Restoring Tolerance

Though I cannot demonstrate it statistically, I believe the US is inching toward coercive, state-directed thought control. On such "€œcontroversial"€ topics as immigration and race, it is increasingly risky to say anything that ...

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Occam’s Butter Knife

MIT's Daron Acemoglu is a rock star among economists, one of the ten most cited in his profession. This is largely because of the paper the Istanbul-born Armenian cowrote in 2001: The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development. Other ...

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Human Rights: The Useless Fiction

I watched a Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial candidate bring an evangelical crowd to their feet three years ago by announcing that "€œOwning a gun is a human right."€ I mumbled to myself: "€œSo is protection from body ...

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Empty Promise, Barack Obama and the Death of the American Dream

Once upon a time, there was the American Dream, “€œthat dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone,”€ as James Truslow Adams described it in his book The Epic of America (1931). Today we have the American Promise. Unveiled by Barack Obama in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, the Promise is about balancing freedom with responsibility, cutting taxes, installing a government that “€œhelps”€ people rather than “€œhurts”€ them, and ending U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil. According to Obama, the very “€œessence”€ of the American Promise is this: “€œIndividual responsibility and mutual responsibility.”€


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