OK! Now I Am Ready To Close Gitmo!

Written by J.J. Jackson

A friend of mine and I were talking aboutrepparttar horrible claims of abuse by our soldiers inrepparttar 143779 prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Gitmo has beenrepparttar 143780 source of many complaints overrepparttar 143781 way we have been treating those captured waging a war againstrepparttar 143782 United States. And as my friend and I discussedrepparttar 143783 abuse of our “guests” we realized that we were only willing to support certain things inrepparttar 143784 name of preserving liberty.

We could ignorerepparttar 143785 complaints aboutrepparttar 143786 prisoners being required to stay in stress positions andrepparttar 143787 strain they may endure if they are not co-operative. We could forgiverepparttar 143788 horrific acts of forcing them to strip down to their birthday suits inrepparttar 143789 name of getting information. We didn’t find anything wrong with puppet shows satirizing terrorists. We sloughed off complaints about desecration ofrepparttar 143790 Koran especially when it came to light that more prisoners abusedrepparttar 143791 so-called Holy Book than guards did. Heck and whenrepparttar 143792 claim was of women guards invadingrepparttar 143793 “personal space” of these terrorists we said nothing because I know people that would pay good money to have women invade their own “personal space”. And when it came to not letting these prisoners go torepparttar 143794 bathroom until they talked and making them go tinkle in their shorts we said “So what!” But I personally came close to calling for it all to end when it was revealed thatrepparttar 143795 guards, in an unmatched act of cruelty not seen sincerepparttar 143796 Holocaust, exposed prisoners torepparttar 143797 music of Christina Aguilera. I’m sorry, but that is just plain cruel! But I did manage put my outrage aside and lookedrepparttar 143798 other way because I knew there was a greater good being served.

But now I have come across new evidence of abuse that I can no longer overlook. And that is why today, I come before everyone to say that it is time to close Gitmo and try our men and women for war crimes. You ask what is it that has made me change my tune? What abuse could be so horrific?

The abuse I speak of is jetlag! Yes, you heard me correctly -- jetlag. We have taken these prisoners from acrossrepparttar 143799 globe and flown them hours and hours to a remote facility and screwed up their internal clocks! OH THE HUMANITY!

Now, I know some of you are thinking “What? Come on!” No, not even because of this punishment, cruel as it is, should I have changed my position on our treatment of those that are waging a war against America!

Please, I have given this matter a lot of thought. And no matter what you might believe, you must look into your soul and know that this abuse of prisoners has gone way too far. And as Senator Arlen Specter is convening hearings about whether or not to shutrepparttar 143800 prison down, I say WE MUST! We must inrepparttar 143801 name of all that is good and JUST!

Anarchism for a Post-modern Age

Written by Sam Vaknin

"The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, fromrepparttar hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneathrepparttar 143771 surface."

Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894-1963), British writer

I. Overview of Theories of Anarchism

Politics, in all its forms, has failed. The notion that we can safely and successfully hand overrepparttar 143772 management of our daily lives andrepparttar 143773 setting of priorities to a political class or elite is thoroughly discredited. Politicians cannot be trusted, regardless ofrepparttar 143774 system in which they operate. No set of constraints, checks, and balances, is proved to work and mitigate their unconscionable acts andrepparttar 143775 pernicious effects these have on our welfare and longevity.

Ideologies - fromrepparttar 143776 benign torepparttar 143777 malign and fromrepparttar 143778 divine torepparttar 143779 pedestrian - have drivenrepparttar 143780 gullible human race torepparttar 143781 verge of annihilation and back. Participatory democracies have degenerated everywhere into venal plutocracies. Socialism and its poisoned fruits - Marxism-Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism - have wrought misery on a scale unprecedented even by medieval standards. Only Fascism and Nazism compare with them unfavorably. The idea ofrepparttar 143782 nation-state culminated inrepparttar 143783 Yugoslav succession wars.

It is time to seriously consider a much-derided and decried alternative: anarchism.

Anarchism is often mistaken for left-wing thinking orrepparttar 143784 advocacy of anarchy. It is neither. If anything,repparttar 143785 libertarian strain in anarchism makes it closer torepparttar 143786 right. Anarchism is an umbrella term covering disparate social and political theories - among them classic or cooperative anarchism (postulated by William Godwin and, later, Pierre Joseph Proudhon), radical individualism (Max Stirner), religious anarchism (Leo Tolstoy), anarcho-communism (Kropotkin) and anarcho-syndicalism, educational anarchism (Paul Goodman), and communitarian anarchism (Daniel Guerin).

The narrow (and familiar) form of political anarchism springs fromrepparttar 143787 belief that human communities can survive and thrive through voluntary cooperation, without a coercive central government. Politics corrupt and subvert Man's good and noble nature. Governments are instruments of self-enrichment and self-aggrandizement, andrepparttar 143788 reification and embodiment of said subversion.

The logical outcome is to call forrepparttar 143789 overthrow of all political systems, as Michael Bakunin suggested. Governments should therefore be opposed by any and all means, including violent action. What should replacerepparttar 143790 state? There is little agreement among anarchists: biblical authority (Tolstoy), self-regulating co-opertaives of craftsmen (Proudhon), a federation of voluntary associations (Bakunin), trade unions (anarcho-syndicalists), ideal communism (Kropotkin).

What is common to this smorgasbord isrepparttar 143791 affirmation of freedom asrepparttar 143792 most fundamental value. Justice, equality, and welfare cannot be sustained without it. The state and its oppressive mechanisms is incompatible with it. Figures of authority andrepparttar 143793 ruling classes are bound to abuse their remit and userepparttar 143794 instruments of government to further and enforce their own interests. The state is conceived and laws are enacted for this explicit purpose of gross and unjust exploitation. The state perpetrates violence and isrepparttar 143795 cause rather thanrepparttar 143796 cure of most social ills.

Anarchists believe that human beings are perfectly capable of rational self-government. Inrepparttar 143797 Utopia of anarchism, individuals choose to belong to society (or to exclude themselves from it). Rules are adopted by agreement of allrepparttar 143798 members/citizens through direct participation in voting. Similar to participatory democracy, holders of offices can be recalled by constituents.

It is important to emphasize that:

" ... (A)narchism does not preclude social organization, social order or rules,repparttar 143799 appropriate delegation of authority, or even of certain forms of government, as long as this is distinguished fromrepparttar 143800 state and as long as it is administrative and not oppressive, coercive, or bureaucratic."

(Honderich, Ted, ed. - The Oxford Companion to Philosophy - Oxford University Press, New York, 1995 - p. 31)

Anarchists are not opposed to organization, law and order, orrepparttar 143801 existence of authority. They are againstrepparttar 143802 usurpation of power by individuals or by classes (groups) of individuals for personal gain throughrepparttar 143803 subjugation and exploitation (however subtle and disguised) of other, less fortunate people. Every social arrangement and institution should be put torepparttar 143804 dual acid tests of personal autonomy and freedom and moral law. If it fails either ofrepparttar 143805 two it should be promptly abolished.

II. Contradictions in Anarchism

Anarchism is not prescriptive. Anarchists believe thatrepparttar 143806 voluntary members of each and every society should deciderepparttar 143807 details ofrepparttar 143808 order and functioning of their own community. Consequently, anarchism provides no coherent recipe on how to constructrepparttar 143809 ideal community. This, of course, is its Achilles' heel.

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