Vol. VI, No. 9 September 2000

"The morning star disperses monsters"--Paul Eluard

Democracy and Stupidity

by Jonathan Wallace

George Bush is not smart enough to be President of the United States....

Paved With Good Intentions: A Political Model of Inclusion
by Sarah Berman

Campaign finance reform encompasses the populist impulse to equalize individuals. Limiting money would move the political system towards greater equality...

The Almost Perfect President
by Seymour Schechtman

Our incomparable, most successful, least efficient political system is again in full frenzy with its most important quadrennial function--the presidential ballet, quadrille, follies, or election!

The Torah and the Death Penalty
Rabbi Joshua Heller

Next week, Jews around the world will observe Tisha B'av, mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples and commemorating many other tragedies of Jewish history.

A Demonstration Against the Death Penalty at the Republican Convention
By the International Action Center

Thousands of youths poured into the streets of Philadelphia Aug. 1, surrounding the buses of Republican Convention delegates, blocking intersections and courageously holding their ground against heavily armed police.

Make a Puppet, Go to Jail
From Jim Warren

Doesn't it make you proud to be an American, knowing that our government's "School of the Americas" has provided funding and military training for some of the most vicious military officers and police in Latin America's police states?

Anti-gun Nuts of the Month: The Episcopal Church
by Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America

Considering the fact that the Episcopal Church in America has lost hundreds of thousands of members during the past two decades, you'd think that these folks would be doing everything possible to protect and preserve this endangered species of Christians.

Has Your Bookshelf Been Approved by BATF?
by Vin Suprynowicz

The Bill of Rights has an integral structure, like a castle. Folks who believe they can give up one of the first 10 amendments to the claim of "compelling government interest" -- yet still keep the others intact -- are like soldiers who fight to defend nine of a castle's gates while leaving the tenth gate open and unguarded.

Letters to The Ethical Spectacle

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