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Bad Meme! No Cookie!

Memes like these speak truth by means of well-spun lies that invoke passion.  That’s the lure of these; they’re evocative.  It’s also their weakness, and a grave flaw it is too.  Read on and I’ll explain. (more…)

History: You’re Doing It Wrong

Slavery is not why most men fought in the Civil War.

I’m going to explain this in a moment, but stop a moment and observe:  The first reaction of many people to my initial statement is one of instant and violent rejection.  In these emotionally charged times, fully half of my readers will refuse to go on from here; many more will fail to understand their meaning in the light of their preconceptions.  Some will doubtless accuse me of lying or of deliberately being hateful.

And so let me hasten to clarify:  Slavery was one of the great horrors of history, a crime against (more…)