We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
High taxes raise poverty rates. A look at Rhode Island, by Anchor Rising. Indeed. You either drive productive people away, or you tax people into poverty - so the govt can rescue them! My opinion: Help and encourage everyone to build wealth, and let them keep it and pass it down. That is the way to build a free people. Government dependency is not freedom - it is plantation life.
A primary school in Amsterdam will no longer discuss farms. Guess why?
"Art, music, film, dance, poetry — all the arts — have long been our greatest tools to explore the regions of imagination that defy our efforts to think rationally about subjects that our emotions tell us are too painful to contemplate."
[I]t is not clear why media companies’ "news function," which in the end is still a corporate money-making function, affords them broader free speech rights than other corporations—even nonprofit corporations….
A traditional answer has always been that corporations in the business of news stay out of politics. This is plain nonsense, as conservatives point out in their case against NPR and the BBC, and as liberals now loudly charge against Fox….This much might be said for overtly political organizations: the audience is clear about what is being offered to them.
When you try to limit political speech, you open many cans of many worms.
"...the arts...have long been our greatest tools to explore the regions of imagination that defy our efforts to think rationally about subjects that our emotions tell us are too painful to contemplate."
So, my imagination is defiant, yet I must force it to be rational despite this defiance, because my emotions are protecting me from pain, and this cannot be allowed to continue?
Really, Mr. Gore's quote is, well, frankly, slightly insane.
He needs to look into Messiah Complex, obviously, and also malignant narcissistic masochism, or something.