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Christopher Hitchens to Kate Middleton: Save Your Soul! Run!

At Slate, Christopher Hitchens sums up the royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William perfectly. He sees it as a form of sadomasochistic theatre in which a human victim, in this case Prince William’s bride, has been added to an altar … Continue reading

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A Great Critical Thinking Quote from Groucho Marx

Watching Animal Crackers last night, a line of Groucho’s jumped out at me as the voice of all people possessed of a vested interest in producing and maintaining a culture hostile to critical thinking (which, of course, is damn near everybody): Once we … Continue reading

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Puncturing Through the Lies of Corporate Public Relations with Humor: “The Yes Men Fix the World” Documentary is Coming to DVD April 1, 2010

The life affirming documentary The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) is being released on DVD April 1, 2010, and Amazon is accepting preorders here. And if you don’t know who the Yes Men are, here’s the trailer to the film:

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Whence Nietzsche in Contemporary Atheist Reflection?

Philosopher John Gray sees it only in Michel Onfray: Among contemporary anti-religious polemicists, only the French writer Michel Onfray has taken Nietzsche as his point of departure. In some ways, Onfray’s In Defence of Atheism [titled in its U.S. edition as … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Robert Lifton on the “thought terminating cliche”

Thought terminating cliches? You know, like the ones that Americans hear weekly from Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Here’s the psychologist Robert Lifton, from his book, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism : “The language of the totalist environment is characterized by … Continue reading

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“There must be an easier way”: Kevin Roose Spent a Semester at Jerry Falwell’s Orwellian Named “Liberty University” and Wrote a Book About It

Kevin Roose pretended to be a fundamentalist Christian, and got himself admitted into Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. He spent a semester there taking classes in young earth creationism and evangelism and wrote a book about his experience (which included a week … Continue reading

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The GOP’s Got Game? Republican Michael Steel Makes a Hip Hop Play for the Urban Youth Vote!

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American Fast Food: The Back of a Televangelist’s Book Deconstructed

Daddy eye!     I think that the back of this old book advertises itself in a crassly mendacious fashion. Here’s some things that I notice: The photo and the author’s name take up the top half of the back cover’s display—suggesting that … Continue reading

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