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  • Egypt's Class Conflict
    • alexander lerman 01/30/2011 at 7:07 pm

      How much of the "mysterious" population growth in the middle east is a reflection of the oppression of women?

      Education and job opportunities are, I think generally recognized as the most potent instrument of mass contraception there is.

  • No News is Good News (for Them)
    • alexander lerman 01/18/2011 at 11:29 am

      I remember when the cowboys in the cowboy movies I liked as a kid went to mexico - they'd line up at the bar, and there would be these tiny little mexican a foot shorter than them - all the mexicans were like that, tiny, except for the really fat bandido the cowboys would kill at the end of the movie, after which the grateful (tiny) villagers would thank the cowboys.

      I think Americans still see middle-eastern people (except for brave, spiritual warrior-heros like Bibi Netanyahu and Avigdor Leiberman) as tiny people, and whose countries we can ride into if we need to, administer an ass-kicking if one is needed, and ride away.

      The notion that the world is a way more complicated place - one in which millions of people hover on the edge of starvation, one in which people hate their corrupt tyrants - that's a kind of scary idea, and one that really rubs raw on the prejudices I forged watching the afternoon movie on channel 4.

  • Senate Repeal of DADT in Global Context
    • To echo others - Hitler was not a Catholic, believing or otherwise. His public beliefs focussed on the mystic destiny of what he termed "Aryan" people, and the need to purify Germany/Austria of the contamination of Jewish culture.

      Hitler's personal beliefs were centered on faith in the power of violence. Albert Speer chronicles Hitlers complete indifference to the deaths of Germans - even statements that the German people deserved to die as the war was closing in on him, since they failed him.

      Hitler had the support of many Catholics, but his real base of support was in the protestant north, I believe. Despite this, he never won an majority in any election in Germany before siezing power absolutely.

      Hitler clashed with the Catholic church over the churches recognition of the "Hebrew bible" i.e. the Old Testament - and many Catholic priests wound up in concentration camps as a result.

      Yes, the larger church accommodated Hitler, as did most major power interests in Europe.

      I know of no statement in which Hitler ever referred to Jesus. He did talk about a sense of personal destiny, or providence, but this seems more an expression of megalomania rather than any religious creed.

      Juan, i'm a fan - and you're fantastic, but you undermine your credibility when you make errors like this. You should correct your remarks.

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