April 13, 2015

The Rule of the Fool

Why did “the terrorists” assassinate “the cartoonists” in Paris? Why do most Americans get their news from entertainments sources like Fox News and Comedy Central? How seriously should we take satire? We are the country of the “Piss Christ.” Imagine the uproar if, in the near future, a young Iraqi (or American) were to laminate a portrait of Muhammad with urine. In a globalized free-market economy, our most dangerous export may well be our sense of humor. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the “Mastermind” of 9/11, the most prolific murderer of our time, received his entire exposure to America in North Carolina. […]
April 7, 2015

The Ruins of Iraq

A powerful argument for the humanities is to be made in the ruins of Iraq.  A citizenry that supports a propaganda of faulty intelligence and outright lies (the alleged connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda) is a country that cannot read. When such illiteracy leads to the death of a million Iraqis, we demonstrate that we are not only a country that cannot read, but also a people without will and imagination, what some might call a heart.  The ability to empathize, to understand and share the feelings of an other, has not been entirely lost, but as we continue […]