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An updated example of chutzpah is provided by right-wing ideologues who, day after day, year after year, devote their energies to badmouthing public institutions and demanding they be stripped of resources and denied the ability to act, and who then have the gall to point to the deliberately engineered impotence of these agencies as proof that public institutions don't work.
Neocon con game: First deprive public institutions of their ability to act, then blame them for not acting

The business of allowing polluters to buy their way out of complying with the law is an innovation with vast untapped potential. For example, law-abiding drivers could sell their unused speeding and dangerous-driving credits to drivers who want to be able to hit the road without having to worry about speed limits or the niceties of the Highway Traffic Act.
Polluted Logic


Words of Wisdom

  • Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman.
  • – Nancy Banks-Smith


In the real world it is rarely possible to draw political boundaries that correspond with nationality. Nearly every nation-state and aspiring nation-state contains its own national minorities with conflicting nationalist claims on the same territory. These national groups are usually intermingled and intermarried, sharing the same physical territory, the same cities and towns, the same streets, the same bedrooms.... As a result “self-determination” for the majority frequently amounts to denying minorities their “right to self-determination”.
Thinking About Self-Determination

The Left has engaged in the futile pursuit of ‘moving the NDP to the left‘ since 1933, achieving pretty much the same result as a dog chasing its tail.
Debating the NDP

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By Ulli Diemer

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An intelligent guide to intelligent research
Review of the Oxford Guide to Library Research, a first-rate guide to how to think about research and how to formulate strategies for answering research questions.
Review of four books about online research
Review of four books which offer not only techniques, but insights into the zen of searching.
Get the Internet working for you
Your Web site won’t work for you unless you have an effective plan to make it part of your overall communications and public relations strategy.
Communicating Effectively Through Your Newsletter
An effective newsletter is one that meets your readers’ needs and interests.
This book explains why things don’t work
There are lots of guides explaining how things work. This one explains how they don’t — and why they don’t.
Review of Israel: A Colonial-Settler State
The tragedy of two peoples brought into conflict by forces largely outside of their control.
The Householders Guide to Community Defense Against Bureaucratic Agression
Organizational principles and campaign tactics communities can use to fight projects or developments being foisted on them.
For Reasons of State
Essays by Noam Chomsky.
Twenty Years of I.F. Stone
Perceptive, analytical, well-written, witty, and drawing on a vast, eclectic store of knowledge.
Ten Lost Years
Barry Broadfoot's oral history of the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Sources 52 Resource Bookshelf
Published Summer 2003 in Sources
Sources 45 Resource Bookshelf
Published Winter 2000 in Sources
Sources 44 Resource Bookshelf
Published Summer 1999 in Sources
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