Vol. VI, No. 10 October 2000

Of all the things I've had and lost, democracy's what I miss the most

Democracy and Illusion

by Jonathan Wallace

We are told from first grade on that we live in a democracy, but most people never ask themselves whether this assertion is true. Is it?

Bush and Gore Make We Wanna Ralph
by Michael Moore

What if you drove down to that stinky gym where the little shell game behind the pretend curtains is taking place ("Pay no attention to the voters behind the curtains!"), walk in, sign in, take the ballot they hand you, and toss yourselves inside the booth like a political molotov cocktail.

An Israeli Peace Activist is Sued for Libel
by the Israeli Peace Bloc

Never before was an Israeli academic sued for the content of his research. Should Katz lose, it would be a severe blow not only to himself; it would put at risk any historian who tries to uncover uncomfortable truths about the recent history of our country.

Causation and Common Sense
By Dr. David Murray

There is a specter haunting health policy, ironically enough brought on by a novel scientific strength--our ability to discover computer-generated associations.

Inflate Here
By Ben G. Price

Are you one of the growing number of people asking themselves why Wall Street celebrates with another record-breaking rally whenever unemployment rises?

Anti-Gun Nuts Targeting Water Pistols
By Larry Pratt

And, since, on these occasions, there was no water coming from the water pistol, this made the water pistol look like -- in the words of "Today" co-host Matt Lauer: "An ordinary pistol"!!!

Islands in the Clickstream: Multiple Selves
by Richard Thieme

As we switch off the symptoms of aging and replace parts that we don't even know yet are parts, we will need a new model for identity and self.

Social Security and the Generation of Obligations
By Alasdair Denvil

I cringe when I listen to Al Gore and other Democrats talk about the "solemn compact between generations" represented by Social Security. This is an awfully strange thing to say, given the job Social Security was supposed to do.

Letters to The Ethical Spectacle

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