Talking about Op-Ed Columnist – The End of Philosophy – NYTimes.com

 

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Talking about Op-Ed Columnist – The End of Philosophy – NYTimes.com
Socrates talked. The assumption behind his approach to philosophy, and the approaches of millions of people since, is that moral thinking is mostly a matter of reason and deliberation: Think through moral problems. Find a just principle. Apply it. Skip to next paragraph David Brooks Go to Columnist Page » RelatedThe Conversation: White House Time Bombs (April 2, 2009) Readers’ CommentsReaders shared their thoughts on this article.Read All Comments (446) »One problem with this kind of approach to morality, as Michael Gazzaniga writes in his 2008 book, “Human,” is that “it has been hard to find any correlation between moral reasoning and proactive moral behavior, such as helping other people. In fact, in most studies, none has been found

Talking about CQ Politics | Gates Plans Big Shift in Defense Spending

 

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Talking about CQ Politics | Gates Plans Big Shift in Defense Spending
The Defense Department’s priorities in how spends its money and how it sets priorities is about to undergo a “fundamental shift,” with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates scheduled to announce his strategy on MondayThe fiscal 2010 funding choices in the announcement will represent the first major defense policy decisions of President Obama’s administration. Specific budget details are not expected until the first week of May, but Gates will make the unusual move of announcing several major program decisions weeks ahead of the budget release, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell. “These are not changes to the margins,” Morrell said April 3. “This is a fundamental shift in direction. And the secretary’s point of view argues for an unconventional approach in explaining that shift to the American people.”

Talking about The Right-Wing “Isms” Arms Race Heats Up | PEEK | AlterNet

 

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Talking about The Right-Wing "Isms" Arms Race Heats Up | PEEK | AlterNet
Smart post by Karl Frisch over at Media Matters:An "-isms" arms race is under way in America.Turn on cable news or talk radio and you’re likely to hear a conservative host, right-wing pundit, or Republican elected official accuse President Obama and the Democratic Congress of just about every "-ism" in the book.Socialism, Marxism, Leninism, fascism, Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism — few, if any, "-isms" have been spared as the right escalates its daily verbal assault on the progressive agenda