hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Juan Cole - Informed Comment

Juan Cole - The Dilemma over Syria

Peter Van Buren, In Washington, Fear the Silence, Not the Noise

Juan Cole - Syria: Crimes Against Humanity in Homs

Juan Cole - How an Israeli Strike on Iran could radically weaken Israel

Arthur Silber - Preventing war with Iran

Gene Lyons - Why Stupid Wars Happen To A Smart People
After being elected in large part because he’d opposed a “dumb” war in Iraq, President Obama finds himself confronting an even dumber one in Iran. Exponentially dumber, actually.. . .You’d think the Israelis, of all people, would recognize that threatening a people with death and destruction hardens their resolve. . .

Violet Socks - religious freedom does not equal the right to violate employees’ civil rights

Doctor Science - The Value of Planned Parenthood
In the last abortion discussion we had around here, a number of people said

Contraception is easily available in the United States.

This is not actually true, if we're talking about *effective* contraception. [1] The most effective contraception methods will always be ones that don't have to be deployed every time you have sex, but only checked up or re-deployed occasionally -- injections, IUDs, patches, etc. Such methods are not going to be over-the-counter, they will always require seeing a doctor and getting a prescription. For women who are poor, uninsured, or transient, this is not at *all* easy, and in many areas it would be almost impossible without PP. . .

Susie Madrak - The ‘peace police’
David Graeber:
. . .Gandhi was part of a very broad anti-colonial movement that included elements that actually were using firearms, in fact, elements engaged in outright terrorism. He first began to frame his own strategy of mass non-violent civil resistance in response to a debate over the act of an Indian nationalist who walked into the office of a British official and shot him five times in the face, killing him instantly. Gandhi made it clear that while he was opposed to murder under any circumstances, he also refused to denounce the murderer. This was a man who was trying to do the right thing, to act against an historical injustice, but did it in the wrong way because he was “drunk with a mad idea.”. . .

next post: 2/17/2012

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