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Did the American Revolution produce significant benefits for women, native Americans, blacks, propertyless white males, and indentured servants?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 3 Replies

Did the American Revolution produce significant benefits for native Americans, blacks, propertyless white males, and indentured servants?On blacks:"We think they are not, and that they are not included, and were not intended to be included…. They…Continue

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Your favorite photobombs?

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Men who challenge men to stop violence

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Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

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Such Lyrics!

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Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 19, 2015 at 2:02am

I saw that, Ian.  Sorry to hear the bad news.  It's the same situation here.  The Left wants to progress and solve problems.  The Right wants to revert back in time when life was simpler and less complicated.  The problem is, that's just a fantasy.  But they go ahead anyway using the same scare tactics and failed ideology they've always used.  And they're so afraid of incoming (brown) foreigners while totally ignoring the dangerous reality of our homegrown (white) terrorists, nationalists, militias and sovereign citizens. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 19, 2015 at 1:31am

A gloomy result fro the Danish election. The right-wing won with just over 51% of the votes. The worst of it all is that the Nationalists are now Denmark's second-largest party. The tactic of wipping up a 'brown scare' worked.

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 18, 2015 at 9:06am

Of course neither side is 'innocent', such a generalised term has been used historically to justify all oppression. The truth of the matter is that the Israeli army is an illegal occupying force, used to subdue a people who have a duty to fight for their liberty and right to self determination. Giving soldiers free rein to control a civilian population just about says it all.  

Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2015 at 7:21am

Interrupting the current subject: I traded in my '13 Toyota truck for a '15 yesterday. I'm not sure why, exactly. After I bought the '13, I noticed every other vehicle on the road was red--or so it seemed. I'm just not a "red guy". Upon investigation of the possibility of "trading up", I realized I could get a new, not red, one for not much money--$2,350 more to be exact. Sweet deal, I figure. I like the color, "pyrite mica", and its mineral name, being the ex-geology teacher I am.

Comment by Plinius on June 18, 2015 at 12:51am

I agree, neither side is innocent, but the side with most power should have the most empathy.

I knew someone here who was in Auschwitz. After the war he traumatized his wife and young children and in general made life miserable for everyone who met him. "Yes, but he was in Auschwitz.", some people said, and they suffered his bad behaviour. I wouldn't.

Compare such a person to e.g. Wladyslaw Szpilman, who had worse experiences but valued a normal life so much that his children hardly knew his story - they only knew him as a kind father.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman

Suffering must NOTbe an excuse to make other people miserable.

Comment by Pat on June 17, 2015 at 1:01pm

I've learned a valuable lesson from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the same lesson from the conflict in Northern Ireland, both of which are motivated by an overlay of nationalism buttressed by religious extremism.

Neither side are innocent. Neither side have clean hands in the conflict. Both sides are capable of, and do, carry out atrocities. And, most importantly, neither have a claim to superior morality based upon their nationalism or religion. Each side have equally good and equally evil humans promoting their respective agendas. Victims on one side, when given a certain amount of power, are easily capable of, and often gleefully, bring misery and death upon victims on the other. And, this leads to ingrained mistrust and hatred, which makes a self-fulfilling prophesy of the impossibility of a peaceful settlement all too real.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2015 at 12:40pm

The people running Israel now are second and third generation descendants of the concentration camp survivors.  Their grandparents, as a rule, rarely talked about their experiences except with other survivors.  Too traumatic.

In the mid 1980s I went to a birthday party for a man who had been in the camps as a teenager; he had managed to escape, and took a little girlfriend with him.  When the war was over, and they were old enough, they married and emigrated to the US.

After the dinner, most of the guests stood up, raised their glasses, and said, "Never again!"  When they raised their glasses you could still see the numbers tattooed on their arms.

It was one of the most incredibly moving experiences of my life.

BUT they have always been reluctant to discuss the war with their offspring...or strangers.  And the people who came to the US are, or were, quite different from the ones who emigrated to Israel....plus the Israelis have been fighting for survival all their lives.

I think partitioning that little postage stamp of land was a mistake, just as chopping off parts of India into Pakistan and Bangladesh was.  And the Muslims are hardly innocent.  Their bass-ackward traditional way of life means more to them than learning to get along with their neighbors.

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2015 at 2:01am

They should have learned something from being oppressed themselves - but they forgot about empathy and compassion.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2015 at 12:48am

I read one of Jimmy Carter's books recently (I'm sorry I've forgotten the title), and the behavior of the Zionists is remarkably akin to the Germans not so long ago.  They believe they are "entitled" to land promised to them by an imaginary superbeing.  Pooooh!

No god...no "promised land."

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2015 at 12:15am

Don't forget that the Zionists are the oppressors.

 

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