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Perfect Solution or Salami Slicing: Gun Deaths in the USA

 If one actually wanted to reduce the 33,000 gun deaths a year in the USA you would do what we would do in business with a big hairy problem: salami slice it into doable chunks. You would not assume you … Continue reading

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The Delicate Flowers of the US Gun Lobby

Meanwhile in the real world more Americans have been killed by guns and their use in homicides, suicides, accidents,  domestic violence than in all the wars in American history. And a gun owner has 22 times more probability of losing … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Sociopathic Corporations and Good Ones

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Guns and the Crisis of Masculinity in the US

In a recent online debate about gun control, I sensed the way the gun advocates were actually “hostile” in a very specific sense. Hostility in the sense I think usefully defined in George Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory as what results … Continue reading

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Conflict Poem: Waiting for the Barbarians by C F Cavafy (1863-1933)

I have always liked the C F Cavafy poem ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ and today I found a perfect cartoon to go with it: What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why … Continue reading

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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and the Right to Self Defense

17th Century conservative philosopher Thomas Hobbes wrote  in his book ‘The Leviathan’ that the state was created because the right of individual self defense was paramount. But realistically, he thought there could be no agreement on what constituted legitimate self defense, … Continue reading

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Stand Your Ground: Conflict Cartoon Capturing Thomas Hobbes Views Precisely

It is interesting that the anti-state conservatism that currently distorts much discourse in the USA, seems to ignore completely the work of the interesting 17th century conservative political thinker, and philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Hobbes was of the view that … Continue reading

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