American Capitalism

"The American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it Capitalism, call it what you like, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it." -- Alphonse "Scarface" Capone...

Democracy and Freedom: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by RRoe: RRoe wrote: You might try reading some of the works of Ayn Rand, "for the new Intellect" or "Atlas Shrugged" if you are really interested in understanding the difficult topics you have...

Rights: A Debate

R. A.: What happens when opposed rights collide? C. R. G.: They don't have to be "rights". They only have to be things that people believe are their rights. And the answer is:  "It depends." R. A.: What is the...

Jesus Was A Liberal?

This is an answer to a comment posted by Lightwaves: Lightwaves wrote: I think so too---Jesus' ideas were pretty progressive---but I bet many will argue that point with you Ron Allen answers: The fact that primitive...

America

"America is an idea." -- Gerald Norman Springer (Jerry Springer, 1944-     ) "America is built on an idea -- the idea of freedom." -- Gerald Norman Springer (Jerry Springer, 1944- )

What Can We Do?

"We don't know what we can do until we push ourselves." -- Anonymous

Coffee Party Versus Tea Party

Have you heard about the Coffee Party movement?  The Coffee Party movement is a progressive movement; it is a movement which believes that "progressive action will only come about through civility".  Unlike raucous Tea Party movement we've...

The Electoral College

This is an answer to a comment posted by jimw: jimw wrote: Ron - you tell me do you think it reflected the popular vote?   Ron Allen answers: According to Wikipedia, in the U. S. presidential election of 2000, George ...

The Bible

toothlesspenguin quotes Bishop Desmond Tutu: "When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.'  We closed our eyes.  When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land." ...

The Electoral College

This is an answer to a comment posted by johnmariow: johnmariow wrote: In my opinion, the electoral college is another symbol of state sovereignty.   Ron Allen answers: Yes, I agree.  The Electoral College is just another token of...

The Bible

 "Every Protestant was Pope, a Bible in his hand." -- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636-1711, French poet and critic)

The Gospel

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel; it is the power of God." -- Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the Protestant Reformation)

The Donkey

"For the Carmelite fathers, a hermit living freely in the desert earns the title of donkey -- whose dignity he has attained." -- Jules Régis Debray, French intellectual, journalist, and professor

The Donkey

"Jesus could not make his entrance into Jerusalem on horseback, symbol of war and victory, suggesting haughtiness and pride.  He mounted a donkey, sweet and humble obstinacy." -- Jules Régis Debray, French intellectual, journalist, and professor

The Donkey

"The donkey is the preferred mount of our God, and the animal He trusts." -- Jules Régis Debray, French intellectual, journalist, and professor

Hands

"Man thinks because he has a hand." -- Anaxagoras (500?-428 B. C. E., Greek philosopher)

Gods

"Every people creates gods in its own image." -- Jules Régis Debray, French intellectual, journalist, and professor

Monotheism

"Monotheism is not monolithic." -- Jules Régis Debray, French intellectual, journalist, and professor

Democracy and Freedom: A Debate

B. J.: Rule by a majority is not freedom. R. A.: Does rule by a minority constitute freedom? What kind of rule, in your opinion, embodies freedom? What kind of rule embodies both personal freedom and political freedom? It...

Slavery and Consent

Most slaves accept their lot without active or vocal protestations. But, this is not consent. 

Democracy: A Debate (Part 5)

. . . R. A.: Your line of thinking invalidates your capitalist anarchism just as much as it refutes the socialist anarchism I advocate. Keep in mind that a democracy seeks consensus; a democracy approaches unanimity when unanimity itself...

The Electoral College

This is an answer to two comments: jimw wrote: Something like Florida in the Bush/Gore election and with Dan Rather giving Gore the victory before all the polls closed.   Ron Allen answers: What do you know and think about the...

Democracy: A Debate (Part 4)

. . . R A.: There can be no community action unless there is also and first a community making a collective decision, a political decision to engage in that action. M. P.: So what? Why is it a good thing to have community action? If...