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GJTV: Democracy and Liberalism

GJTV: Democracy and Liberalism

11 January, 2010

By Bryan Lower

Discussing a liberal view of democracy… with drinks!

Wow, I should really stop drinking while making these videos. I misspoke a couple times, and even invented a new word or two. To top it off, I showed the wrong John Stuart Mill book. Screw it! I’m not re-recording it! WE’LL DO IT LIVE!!

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(from the archive) Rephrasing global warming

(from the archive) Rephrasing global warming

11 May, 2009

By Kristjan Wager

Can changing words change people’s minds about global warming?

NY Times is reporting on a new attempt to convince more people that global warming is real.

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(from the archive) What's the matter with Oklahoma?

What’s the matter with Oklahoma?

23 December, 2008

By Bryan Lower

As the entire country moves left, why does Oklahoma stubbornly cling to its conservatism?

I was at the Tulsa County Democratic Party watch party when CNN announced that Barack Obama had won the 2008 presidential election. The room erupted in cheers, and more than a few people were moved to tears. I felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I had to find a quiet corner away from the news cameras where I could sit and soak in the moment.

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The Burden of Proof: Santa Claus and Baseballs

The Burden of Proof: Santa Claus and Baseballs

4 January, 2010

By Tristan D. Vick

Should atheists have to disprove the existence of God?

The Curious Case for Santa

Theists say it’s up to the unbeliever to “disprove” God. But nonbelievers don’t believe in God to begin with. This is what is called an error in logic, since believers are making the mistaken assumption they are (undoubtedly) right and so you must start from their understanding (because yours is invalid in their eyes). In other words, they are refusing to consider the atheist’s point of view, and this causes the misunderstanding.

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The Intrusion: Oklahoma's new anti-choice law puts women under the microscope.

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The Intrusion

4 January, 2010

By Bryan Lower

Oklahoma’s new anti-choice law puts women under the microscope.

What were they thinking?

The Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma City must have been aware that their new anti-choice law would be challenged. They must have known it would be unlikely to stand up in the courts. Yet they passed a law that is so blatantly ideological that the national headlines would again advertise Oklahoma’s bold conservatism.

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Where in the Constitution is there an orientation test?

Where in the Constitution is there an orientation test?

4 January, 2010

By James Nimmo

The irony of pro-family churches

(OKLAHOMA CITY) Various fundie homo-hating religious denominations have been doing a great deal of proselytizing the last few years. We’ve all been converted by proxy whether we knew it or not. No, it’s not the Mormons in this case, though they do have their own ways–that’s for another story.

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Book review: Caught in the Middle By Richard C. Longworth

Book review: Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism By Richard C. Longworth

4 January, 2010

By Abdul R. Ahmed

In a global century, the Midwest must let go of the industrial giant of the 20th century

Often American history of the Midwest conjures up images of farm towns and industrial cities. Over the last sixty years, the Midwest has slowly been engulfed by the tides of globalization that has unraveled the safe and long standing economy of the region. Farming and industry of the past cannot support an entire region in the 21st century.

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