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White people have souls [2011-05-16]
Do humans have an immortal soul? Who is human? In 1900, one Christian minister believed that 'All scientific investigation of the subject proves the Negro to be an ape; and that he simply stands at the head of the ape family, as the lion stands at the head of the cat family.'
On Christian religions in the USA [2008-04-12]
One has to be very careful when talking about any religion in the USA, and especially careful when examining any of the multiple Christian religions.
The France of the 21st century [2008-02-12]
The USA is certainly a superpower, but it is not the leader of the world. A gang leader might be the toughest person (the most powerful) but character is far more important for the leader of a free association.
To be free: beliefs, identities, and actions [2007-11-05]
Freedom has become applied to many aspects of human social life as has the word free, and it cannot be emphasized enough that freedom is essentially a social construct, deriving from not being enslaved.
The liberty story [2007-10-27]
In the USA, Liberty is so real and so tangible that you can touch it - if you visit the statue in New York harbour. In the classical tradition, Virtus represented the physical freedom that came from fighting oppression, and Libertas represented the intellectual freedom (and enlightenment) that came from preferring reason to dogmatism.
The democracy idea [2007-09-07]
References to democracy in the public sphere tend to be ideological, with the essence of democracy being unclear. Ideologues use the hallowed label in promoting their causes in order to minimize dissent, hoping to make those who disagree with their 'democratic' cause seem in favour of dictatorship.
What the Second Amendment means [2007-04-06]
After gaining independence, the white inhabitants of the United States feared the consequences of having so many oppressed chattels (slaves) in their midst.
The generous mother of nations [2007-04-22]
The poem says the USA is the generous mother of nations, and '[They] renew their youth amid the pastoral plains of Texas and the golden valleys of the Sierras.' Blaming new immigrants from your own group for your own worsening position seems a common and repeated exculpation.
From the circle to square and onwards [2007-03-18]
Which comes first: the innate idea of a 'square' in our mind; or our observations of shapes to give rise to the classification of some shapes as 'square'? Does our innate ability to think determine our use of language, or does the language we use determine our thinking processes?

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