Category Archives: Ethics

Power, Simply

I believe there is no legitimate power or illegitimate power. There is only power. If you view a particular instance of power as ‘illegitimate,” it’s probably because you are on the other side of it. Even legitimate power—say, the power … Continue reading

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Life Lessons

So, this morning, I was writing in my diary on the subway and I thought, “If I were to die, and someone found this book, what would I want them to know?” There are always more options than you realize … Continue reading

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A Veteran’s Day Thought

We honor the men, and more recently women, who have given their lives in our nation’s wars. In some cases, we can even say, “without hesitation.” We do not only honor the fallen. We honor all those who have risked … Continue reading

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It’s Just Not Natural

It always puzzles me when people dismiss homosexuality, or frankly, any particular human behavior, as “unnatural.”  It puzzles me because people who hold this view are not thereby saying that homosexuality is physically impossible. Indeed, its physical possibility is a … Continue reading

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David Byrne, David Lowery, Creative Content and Money

I can’t remember when I first read David Lowery’s impassioned polemic directed at an NPR intern all the companies who profit from the exploitation of musicians and other creative artists, but I decided to revisit it after reading David Byrne’s … Continue reading

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The Question of Zion, by Jacqueline Rose

The argument, in nuce: The messianism at the heart of Zionism means that the fulfillment of the dream is also its apocalyptic end. Catastrophe and the culmination of a destiny, ordained from on high, fall together. Zionist nationalism, which views … Continue reading

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On Religious Tolerance

When we are asked to “tolerate” the religious views of others, the assumption is that we harbor no religious views of our own or, at least, that such views do not lay claim to absolute truth. In other words, calls … Continue reading

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Controlling Content

A friend of mine reminded me of a post that I wrote many years ago (five, by my reckoning) with which I no longer entirely agree. The post was entitled, “Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now” … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Capitalism

When I was a student, I was a communist sympathizer. I say “sympathizer” because, while I was never a Communist Party member, I was sympathetic to the critique that capitalism was a system based on exploitation and that the ends … Continue reading

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Narratives Over Numbers?

On the Sunday when the Patriots were due to play the Ravens in their conference championship game, I picked up the Sunday Globe and saw this story about Ray Lewis. When I read the following paragraph— But in the years since, … Continue reading

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