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One reason for which I love the new¬†Cosmos¬†series is that it really doesn’t pussyfoot around those issues upon which the science is “settled” but the politics are really not. Already, this has led to criticisms of the series from creationists … Continue reading

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The New Cultural Bogeyman

Feeling a touch masochistic, I scrolled down and read some of the comments in that article about which I just posted. One in particular, by a fellow named “weylguy” caught my eye: I’ve lived in small and medium-sized towns in … Continue reading

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Why the Culture War was over before it began

I am not a supporter of “Whig history;” I do not, by any means, believe that time naturally progresses towards greater human liberty, and whenever I hear some well-meaning liberal making this argument, I assume that they are probably looking … Continue reading

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Fuck Civility

There was a time when I was a great believer in the ideal of expressing differences in political opinion in a polite and civil manner; after all, I reasoned, a disagreement about the direction in which your country should be … Continue reading

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Things You Can’t Explain To A Child

When it comes to issues pertaining to queerness (particularly in public education), one tired refrain frequently emerges from opponents: namely, that children are incapable of understanding the issues involved. Allow me to present an anecdote: when I was about five … Continue reading

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The Transformation Is Complete

I first became aware of Niall Ferguson shortly after his book “Empire” was published in 2002. At the time, I was a stupid teenager and therefore somewhat more sympathetic to the idea of imperialism than I later became; plus, I … Continue reading

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The Stupidest Arguments I Have Ever Heard

I should be preparing for my defense, but honestly, I feel like I would be ready to go right now if I had to do so, and endlessly rehashing the same information is hurting my brain. So instead, I’m going … Continue reading

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Decadence And Magical Thinking

There are times when it is perfectly reasonable to suggest that certain activities might result in the collapse of civilization. I would argue, for example, that this claim could be usefully applied to things like catastrophic global warming or nuclear … Continue reading

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Everytime I Hear Someone Mention “the Rights of Parents,” I Reach for my Gun

I want you think for a moment: Have you ever heard a single instance of “the rights of parents” being invoked in situation where it wasn’t being used in a blatant attempt to justify child abuse? Because every time these … Continue reading

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Stephen Harper Wants A Cookie

So if you have been following Canadian politics over the last six years or so (and if you have been doing so with more than sixty percent of your brain actually functioning), it will likely come as a great shock … Continue reading

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