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Privilege, Power, And Paralysis

Privilege, Power, And Paralysis

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Differing ideologies often use differing vocabularies, reflecting differing concerns.  One such difference is reflected by and in the use of the word “privilege”.  At least in my experience, one seldom hears the word used among people subscribing to a conservative ideology, politically or economically or theologically.  I would suggest that this absence of the word among conservatives is a consequence of conservatives’ tendency to simply assume privilege for themselves – not necessarily arrogantly, but more or less as a matter of course and unconsciously.  On the other hand, if my experience is typical, one often encounters the word “privilege” among progressives and left-of-center folks, because, as a general rule, one of the hallmarks of a progressive ideology (of any type) is a conc
Burkini Enforcement:  On The Hijab Training, En Francaise

Burkini Enforcement: On The Hijab Training, En Francaise

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A very modest short-range extrapolation of recent events makes it quite reasonable to predict that, in the near future, France’s zeal to stand athwart the supposed Saracen tide ostensibly menacing European civilization will lead the French Senate and National Assembly to punish Muslim women who refuse to remove their burka-like beach- and swimwear by deporting them to some small, Third World country. But even if that possibility never materializes, the whole burkini prohibition does illustrate the difference between religious liberty as it exists in the US and as it exists in France, and in the process exemplifies the differences the European Enlightenment assumed in both places. It should also caution us left-wingers / progressives that, when conservative evangelical Christians critique “
An Open Letter To “Conscience-Driven” Trump Voters

An Open Letter To “Conscience-Driven” Trump Voters

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I understand what it means to adopt an unpopular stand and to say unpopular things – things that could possibly cost valued relationships and reputations – purely on the basis of conscience, as you have elected to do in your decision to either refrain from voting altogether or to vote for Donald J. Trump.  I would only ask you to reflect on the particular building blocks that together make up the foundation of such a choice.  The question to be borne in mind as you do so is very direct and very simple:  Given your decision to support – if only by default – the candidacy of Donald Trump, will your conscience also accommodate the principles that go into that decision?  (This is really just an updated phrasing of that hoary old maxim in ethics "If you will the end, then you must will the