Tag Archives: Steve Benen

Mendacity Squared

People lie because lying works. There was that seminal 1979 book on the matter – Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life – by the formidable Sissela Bok – the daughter of two Nobel Prize winners and married to the then-president of Harvard. … Continue reading

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What to Expect

It’s funny, but the first day of the brand-new year doesn’t feel a whole lot different than the last day of the year now gone. And here in Los Angeles it was a typical New Year Day – in the … Continue reading

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The Sabotage Issue

History takes odd turns. Take the case of Vaclav Havel – the Czech dissident playwright and poet, of the avant-garde of the time. After the Prague Spring – the first attempt by the locals to get the damned Soviets out … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Enthusiastic Gemini

As we all learned back in the Disco Seventies – you know, guys in lime-green wide-lapelled polyester leisure suits and women with feathered hair wobbling unsteadily on the clunky wedge high heels, and everyone asking you what your sign is … Continue reading

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When Reason Has No Meaning

It’s Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” And nearby, … Continue reading

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