but but but guns don’t kill.

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"Adam Smith, Marx remarked, regarded lawyers, priests, state officials and soldiers as living parasitically upon production and he therefore proposed to keep their cost to a minimum."

- Michael Harrington, Socialism (1972) [p. 428]

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we toil and we rot
and terrible things happened just like I thought
and the cycle carried on
until I thought nothing more and heartache was gone

love it as it is
whatever the fuck this is
or destroy and start again
what we are is in your head

[“If There is Room to Move, Things Move”, Every Time I Die]

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dailykos:

On August 22, 1920, Ray Bradbury was born.

dailykos:

On August 22, 1920, Ray Bradbury was born.

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Unlike the doctrines of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the teachings of Buddhism are not considered by their adherents to be the product of infallible revelation. They are, rather, empirical instructions: If you do X, you will experience Y. Although many Buddhists have a superstitious and cultic attachment to the historical Buddha, the teachings of Buddhism present him as an ordinary human being who succeeded in understanding the nature of his own mind. Buddha means “awakened one”—and Siddhartha Gautama was merely a man who woke up from the dream of being a separate self. Compare this with the Christian view of Jesus, who is imagined to be the son of the creator of the universe. This is a very different proposition, and it renders Christianity, no matter how fully divested of metaphysical baggage, all but irrelevant to a scientific discussion about the human condition.
Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014)

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Our world is dangerously riven by religious doctrines that all educated people should condemn, and yet there is more to understanding the human condition than science and secular culture generally admit. One purpose of this book is to give both these convictions intellectual and empirical support.
Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014)

I have a feeling this Harris book is going to be eye-opening and a spiritual experience in itself. Listen to Sam read the first chapter here.

The first couple minutes about love are fantastic. “I love you because…now made no sense at all.”

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