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  • peter shared from Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United by Zephyr Teachout
    Corruption was defined as “depravity, perversion, and taint.”
    Note: Sometimes a sentence in an otherwise dry passage makes you sit up and go, "Huh?"
  • peter shared from Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United by Zephyr Teachout
    Madison clearly believed in virtue, and in other speeches he appeared to put his entire faith in the virtue of the people; “no theoretical checks,” he said, “can render us secure” if the people are without virtue.
    Note: Interesting. My take from this is that it's our civic duty to raise moral children. Otherwise, no checks or balances can save us.
  • peter shared from Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
    With every day going by, the optimists lost ground. The interrogation methods worsened considerably as time went by, and as you shall see, those responsible for GTMO broke all the principles upon which the U.S. was built and compromised every great principle such as Ben Franklin’s “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
  • peter shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003HKRASA/ref=r_soa_p_i
    ABOUT FIFTY YEARS ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Hofstadter exposed a dark recess of the American psyche with an essay in Harper’s Magazine, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” Hofstadter was writing about the peculiar tendency of the political right to indulge in paranoid theories, but he was careful to stipulate that the left could just as easily be infected. “American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” he wrote.
  • peter shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003HKRASA/ref=r_soa_p_i
    I know I’m going to lose a lot of readers over this, and I don’t care: “Garfield” is overrated. I have always felt this, even as a child. That dumb man and his dumb, mean cat have gotten more of our attention than they deserve.
    Note: Indeed.