Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

More Conservative Ersatz Poverty Wars

One of the things conservatives are never called on is their predilection for creating large, inefficient bureaucracies. This stems from their unwillingness or inability to directly cut the social safety net, so what they do instead is create ‘morals-based’ testing … Continue reading

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Republican Gov. Scott Walker Creates a Massive Welfare Bureaucracy

This article doesn’t call it that, but it should (boldface mine): …[Walker] is hell-bent on making sure that anyone who gets food stamps in Wisconsin has to endure the humiliation of submitting to a drug test. First the Wisconsin legislature … Continue reading

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Memorial to the Lost

Observed at the corner of 15th and R, Logan Circle, D.C.: Age 3: Too many:

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Trauma and Our Law Enforcement System

In reading this article about a district attorney who is personally responsible for the U.S.’s highest per capita death penalty rate, it pretty clear he has seen some horrible stuff (boldface mine): And he has been willing to recount his … Continue reading

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The Technological Innovation of the Antebellum South: The Whipping Machine

I rarely recommend books on the blog, but a must-read is the The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptist, which is an economics-oriented social history of American slavery. For me, the key observation in the book is the … Continue reading

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A Fourth of July Oration

Excerpts from “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” by African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1852 (boldface mine): This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the 4th of July. It is the birthday of your National Independence, … Continue reading

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The Problem With the Marc Rubio Non-Scandal

As it’s campaign season, our political press corps has decided to focus on what’s really important: Republican candidate and senator Marc Rubio’s personal finances. The mainstream story line–which attempts to gin up scandal by arguing Rubio’s profligate ways (he bought … Continue reading

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