"Give me Liberty or give me Death." To put this famous saying attributed to Patrick Henry somewhat differently, we easily recognize that death is not the worst thing that can happen to us. Indeed, there seems a large class of worse circumstances, though we generally don't categorize them or, perhaps more importantly, often lack adequate language to describe them. Worse than death: it's a subtle difference that doesn't lend itself to formulation in terms of rules.
Perhaps that's why, when we find such rules, we elevate them to preeminent positions in international law. Here, George Kenney talks with Manfred Nowak, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, to get a better sense of what the world is thinking, and doing, about a most peculiar abomination. And, no, the U.S. is not off the hook. It was extremely generous of Prof. Nowak to take time to talk with George Kenney. Please pay close attention and help redistribute widely. Total runtime an hour and eight minutes.
Chris Floyd, author of Empire Burlesque, the blog and the book, discusses the new government of Gordon Brown in Great Britain, his position on war with Iran, the specious relationship between the US and UK and Saudis, the War Party’s bogus accusations about Iran’s nuclear program and sabotage of any effort to work things out, the win-win position of the neo-mercantilists in the event of war, depression, etc., the death of the republic, end of the empire, and rise of the domestic police state, the willful ignorance and acquiescence of the American people and the responsibility of those of us who care to keep fighting the State anyway.
Robert Jensen's new book begins with the simple demand of the culture: "Be a man." It closes with a defiant response: "I chose to struggle to be a human being." And in between, it offers a candid and intelligent exploration of porn's devastating role in helping to define conventional masculinity. In other words: In our culture, porn makes the man. Writing in his trademark conversational style with a rigorous analysis, Robert Jensen easily blends personal anecdotes from his years of media experience.
Andrew Bard Schmookler - a contributor at Atlantic Free Press - and author of a number of books The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution (University of California Press) and Debating the Good Society: A Quest to Bridge America’s Moral Divide (M.I.T. Press) is interviewed by Craig Barnes, a widely respected, political commentator, lawyer, playwright, and other things, from Santa Fe, New Mexico in this Radio piece from www.anationdeceived.org
This radio show goes into the politics, but also more than the politics– the moral culture, the works of the imagination, the spirit(s) of our times. It talks about where we are today, and it explores where the American system might be heading. At bottom, it suggests a way of understanding the complex organic nature of human societies, and the interplay of forces in guiding how their destiny unfolds through time.
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