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Failed states are a danger to us all

Why failed states are a danger to us all

Why Humanists must concern themselves with global politics and cultivate a global perspective.

Nationalism is always a problem

As I write this, America is recovering from an Ebola scare.  Ebola, a potentially deadly West African disease, has made it to America.  It was only a matter of time. We live in a globally connected world. People travel. Diseases travel with them.

The spread of Ebola may have been preventable though. One of the reasons it go out of control is because the country it is  ravishing (Liberia) has no central government organized well enough to control it.

Yes, Liberia has a government. According to Wikipedia, it is run as a constitutional republic.  But Wikipedia also lists Somalia as being parliamentary republic.

Having a government doesn’t mean your government has the ability to do things.  In the case of Liberia, the government had no ability to enforce let alone create quarantines. It had no ability to provide an education campaign to help people whose family members have Ebola understand how not to contract it or spread it to others. It couldn’t even provide hospitals and doctors and nurses to staff them and care for patients.

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Race Violence & Humanism

Race Violence and Humanists

To me, as a Humanist, if anything is sacred, it's human rights

.I Can't Breath

The foundation of human rights is the recognition of the dignity and worth of other humans. Without respect for the individual, we don't respect their rights as individuals.  This has become abundantly clear since the events of Ferguson MO.

I feel discouraged. Not just because it hurts to realize how much work we still have to do, but because we Humanists, don't seem all that motivated to do the work.

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Free Market Follies

Free Markets Don’t Fix Everything.

Cartoonist Adam Zyglis created a really wonderful cartoon shortly after the 2008 economic crash – see below and view at original site here:

They don't need stop signs, they can self regulate

What I like about this cartoon is that it all comes back to Hayek.  Friedrich Hayek, the economist, whom free market fanatics like to quote when they claim that the government should not be doing ... anything.

They argue, like Hayak, that despite its inequities, the free market does a better job of distributing goods and services than a central government can.  The problem is – that’s not all that Hayak said.
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Explaining Humanism

Explaining Humanism to a Catholic Seminary Student

I was asked by a seminary student to answer some questions about Humanism for a report he was doing.  I am sharing them here because I figure others may have similar questions and because it was interesting to me to see what sorts of questions were asked, because, honestly – I had to translate some of them to answer them because the worldviews and assumptions about how things work is so different.  Anyway – here are the questions and my answers.

Humanism - doing good because its the right thing to do

1)      How do you see yourself in a leadership position?

I am a Humanist educator. I teach people about the philosophy. Leadership is not how I would describe myself. I used to be the executive director for a Humanist non-profit, so I supposed I was a leader then, but mostly – I was someone who spoke on behalf of other humanists at their request. Again, more spokesperson than leader.

2)      Who is the leader of this religion?

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Questions for God

Questions for God

I was asked the question and I thought it was a good one – so I am asking it and answering it here.



Assuming that God exists and you were to meet Him face to face, what one question would you ask Him?

My Answer:

I am a Humanist – been an atheist since I was 17. Was agnostic before that. Raised as a freethinker (3rd generation)

In order to answer the question of what question I would ask, I first have to ask a question. And that question is “which specific god you have in mind?”

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