Send thousands of happy, prosperous, free and open handed Cuban Americans to visit and give gifts to their relatives. The Castro government will have to impose their own embargo to keep the free Americans out just as East Germany had to keep out the free West Germans. We have been doing Cuba's dirty work for over sixty years.I mean, how dumb can you get?
Josh -- I agree, but that is because I believe the complexity of influences is best described as free will.If you presume no free will, if you accept that "neuroscience reveals that free choice is an illusion, then we can see that the idea of deserving punishment is nonsense" then we both must surrender the argument that we can't know well enough to act. My point is that the unintended consequence is not that punishment is nonsense, but that consequences equivalent to punishment become unjust.
This is not about freedom of speech, so this man does not deserve anyones effort to preserve his freedom to murder. We have choice and we have free speech, but with that comes responsibility. And you are not free under the constitution to incite or commit violence while 'voicing your free speech.'
His agenda should be to fix how government works by overturning Citizens United. It will require sacrificing personal gain because he is in a great position to further increase his personal wealth. Let's hope he can overcome greed.The focus needs to be on the constitution and control of our economic and political systems by oligarchs and other money interests. Big money has maneuvered to control free markets and votes.Many hoped Obama would be different. He was quickly swallowed by modern day money changers and he is not willing to break up oligopolies and make our markets free again. Yes, they are somewhat free of regulation, but the oligarchs are more dominant than ever controlling our economy and markets.No banker in a senior position served jail time for their wrong doing during our recent financial crisis. No senior executive at General Motors will spend time in jail for their cover up of the safety violations, even though deaths resulted, that were ignored.The only way for we the people to take back our government and save the concept of one man, one vote is to amend the constitution and that is not going to be an easy task. Justice Scalia in a 3 minute video clip explained the reason such a task is so daunting. http://lstrn.us/R6K4M2Another roadblock is a large constituency of influential people and organizations, including the New York Times, (http://lstrn.us/1jYBjj1)who benefit from the way things are at present.We need to declare our independence again.
I think the author has made a good case for continuing with capital punishment. "....if neuroscience reveals that free choice is an illusion...." and every criminal cries "I did'nt do it" every time he commits a crime, then what is the solution (of solving crimes) and protecting those who make the "free choice" of leading a crime-free and non-violent life?
Being in my mid 20's, this season of life is a unique time to go about a free-spirited lifestyle...however I argue that being free spirited can live on (as long as you want it). Perhaps one definition of a Free Spirit is someone that doesn’t let other people’s beliefs limit their way of living. And this is at the core of Langer's studies and unknown truths. Kudos to Langer and more beliefs around how the medical world can truly benefit from the change of each person's internal chatter of oneself!Ironically, I just wrote a blog post about this, http://inkedbydw.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/free-spirit-for-a-twentysometh...
Something everyone overlooks is that there was a lot of action before the video started. Eight or ten cops, out of uniform included, do not show up to arrest a guy selling loosies. Mr. Garner had been resisting arrest long enough to bring all those cops in as well as a large crowd of traditionally blasé New Yorkers. I've been nearly arrested on the street, and when it takes less than 15 minutes, no crowd assembles; people pretend not to notice.So everyone having made up their minds based on what they've seen from a short clip on one guy's cell phone, please remember, that's not the entire event by a long way. Y'all don't know nearly as much as y'all think, which goes for me too of course.
Thank you NY Times for publishing this. Americans should see that a real "war on Christians" isn't about saying "happy holidays" instead of "Merry Chirstmas."It's an ethnic cleansing. And it must stop.
"Free Pigs From the Abusive Crates"So, where are the free pigs? (These pigs aren't free. It's doubtful they're even reasonable...)