Showing posts from November, 2013

How Corporations are Loving Us All to Death

David Mamet: Just Another Brain-Dead Conservative

While the play write David Mamet has shifted his political perspective from liberal to conservative, his article, “Why I Am No Longer a Brain Dead Liberal” shows that he is redoubling his efforts to remain as "brain dead" as he ever was. Rather than explaining his recent conversion to the cult of Conservatism, Mamet's article only demonstrates that he understood Liberalism about as much as a Christmas Tree understands Christmas.

In his article, Mamet writes about his latest play in which a "conservative president... holds that people are each out to make a living, and the best way for government to facilitate that is to stay out of the way, as the inevitable abuses and failures of this system (free-market economics) are less than those of government intervention." Mamet should share his recent epiphany about economics with the former employees of Enron, the families of the BP rig explosion in 2005, or the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide disaster. In the l…

The Catholic Church on the Sun, Slavery, and Sexuality

Some people of different religious faiths see homosexuality as a sin.  The Catholic Church in particular claims that being a homosexual is not a sin but that engaging in homosexual sex, like engaging in adultery and premarital sex, is a sin. Not all Catholics agree with their Church's views about homosexuality, mind you, but when I was a Catholic, I certainly did.  One reason I believed the Church's view that homosexuality was a sin was because I thought the Church, through the doctrine of infallibility, could never be wrong about moral issues. But the Catholic Church has proven itself fallible indeed, and it's views about sexuality in general,  and homosexuality in particular, are as flawed today as its views about the universe and slavery were in the past.

Consider the Church's historical view of the heavens, what Hamlet called "this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof f…