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Charles Justice
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"The political reality, which is plain for anyone to see, is that China has many laws but no rule of law; it has a constitution but no constitutional government. The ruling elite continues to cling to its authoritarian power and fights off any move toward political change."

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In Memoriam: Liu Xiaobo 1955 -2017
The following translation was retrieved from the New York Review of Books  Web site     I. Foreword A hundred years have passed since the writing of China's first constitution. 2008 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal De...

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Slavery and Fossil Fuels
The nineteenth century global economy was a like a small scale version of today's global economy. Trade in slaves, sugar, coffee, tobacco, and cotton were the drivers of global economic growth. But the growing trade in the above mentioned non-human commodit...

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A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing
I had a conversation with my eldest son Michael about a month ago. It was just before I got married. We discussed: “Why can't knowledge be used to make things in society work better?” This question of my son's got me to thinking about what is knowledge and ...

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What I said about Harper goes in spades for Trump

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Science and Religion
Science and Religion are two different things. But a long time ago they were one thing. The Greek Pythagoras lived at about the same time as the Babylonian Captivity of the Jews. He is said to have discovered irrational numbers and the Pythagorem theorem in...

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I'm guessing that this is the only piece that's ever been written on this particular subject.

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Drumming and Normativity
Perhaps the first sound we ever hear is our mother's heartbeat, and the last thing we hear may be our own.  The heartbeat's tempo, regularity, and  its steady repetition is what sets the pace for all of the many things that we do in our lives.  That beat be...

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Warning: This article contains big words, such as: "thermodynamics" and "Normativity"

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Prologue to "The Normative System"
The Universe is the first and oldest system .  All other systems are contained within it and subject to its  universal framework, bound by the forces of gravity and electromagnetic energy. What are Systems?  Let’s call them: “ways of doing things.”  At the ...
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