Saturday, February 24, 2007

The End of Faith by Sam Harris

I must from time to time recommend a book. The End of Faith by Sam Harris is one of those rare works that brings a startling new perspective to an issue that is central to much of the world's strife. In The End of Faith, Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offer a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs-even when these beliefs inspire the worst of human atrocities. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris draws on insight from neuroscience, philosophy, and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Labor Tuesday: Iowa Fair Share & Right-to-Work

The fight is getting nasty.

Organized labor and business are butting heads in Iowa over a "fair share" fee proposal in the Iowa Legislature that would force some nonunion workers to pay fees to unions.
The two sides are arguing about the proposal's fairness for thousands of Iowans, its effect on economic development in the state, and the question of whether passage of the proposal would end Iowa's 60-year run as a "right-to-work" state.

What do "right-to-work" and "fair share" mean? What would this bill actually do? What is the Republican noise machine doing to try to prevent this from passing? This, and more, below the fold. Read more here

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