Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

On Elliot Abrams

Sometime after the Iraq War, I remarked to a friend that everyone who supported that war should be hounded from political life. He responded, “That would mean about half of Democrats and most Republicans would be disqualified.” To which I … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Ethics, Resistance Rebellion And Death

MLK On Civil And Human Rights

This lengthy article (pdf) about Martin Luther King from 1968 is worth a read today. It’s a very good rebuttal to those who would ignore the economic consequences and causes of racism.

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Ethics, Racism

Co-Pays, Elective Treatments, And Insulin

The Best Healthcare System In The World™ (boldface mine): Mallory Lorge, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, is forced to ration her insulin and look at her possessions to decide what she can sell to pay down her bills because … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Healthcare

A Modest Proposal: Enforce All The Laws

This week, in response to the murder of a woman who was killed by a panhandler she was trying to help, a really rich guy wrote an op-ed arguing that police should enforce the panhandling laws: Baltimore City has a … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Ethics, The Rule of Law | 3 Comments

The Banality Of ICE

If you’re a decent person, you are disgusted by stories like this about how asylum seekers in the custody of ICE are being treated (boldface mine): -Travelled thru Mexico without a problem. They had hosts who would lookout for them. … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives | 4 Comments

Once We Normalized Torture, This Was To Be Expected

Reprisals against civilian populations and the use of torture are crimes in which we are all involved. The fact that such things could take place among us is a humiliation we must henceforth face. Meanwhile, we must at least refuse … Continue reading

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Healing The Sin Sick Soul

In light of the last couple of year’s events, this seems particularly relevant. Also, there’s an excellent essay that puts King in context here. (from here) These excerpts from a speech Martin Luther King gave to striking sanitation workers in … Continue reading

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