Tag Archives: Racial Profiling

Civilization and Its Discontented

There were contradictions from the start. We all want to be free, but we also want to live in a safe and somewhat orderly society. Those two don’t mix easily. After all, we started out declaring our independence from a … Continue reading

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Insufficient Justice

It’s a common mistake, often made by people who have some sort of romantic notion about the courts, and particularly the Supreme Court. Imagine a death row appeal, where the Supreme Court finds that the fellow about to be executed … Continue reading

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Talking About Race

White guys shouldn’t talk about race. What do they know about being black, or Hispanic, or Asian, or whatever? You’re just going to get sanctimonious feel-good uninformed liberal crap – mostly scolding and shaming and holier-than-thou nonsense – or that … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Discrimination

As anyone who has studied a foreign language will tell you – or anyone who just spends a few weeks kicking around solo in Paris each year in the middle of winter, with only a hazy memory of high school … Continue reading

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Regarding Moral Seriousness

Of course no one wants to be accused of not having any real moral seriousness, but we love to make that accusation. Those who opposed the Iraq War accused the Bush-Cheney crowd of not having any of that – you … Continue reading

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Out of the Desert

You learn from experience, because you could get killed out there. Here in Hollywood you learn that when you’re off to the grocery store for granola and paper towels or whatever, well, you’d better give anything that looks like a … Continue reading

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Our Magnificent Obsession with Nonsense

Okay, is it over now? Is it safe to come out? It should be: President Obama said Friday that he “could have calibrated” his words more carefully in the controversy over the arrest of a black Harvard professor by a … Continue reading

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