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Digest for June 11th through June 12th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for June 11th through June 12th:

  • Chris Ladd: Libertarian Until Graduation – The images of college students thronging to Ron Paul campaign events inspire a nostalgic twinge in me. Once I upon a time, I, too, needed nothing more in life than to be left free to achieve. I was oppressed by forces all around seeking to impose mediocrity, stymie the producers, and redistribute wealth. I was a Libertarian, at least until graduation.

    I still remember my first brush with Ayn Rand. At the end of a semester, a professor passed out a thick photocopy of John Galt's speech. It was electricity on paper. I learned that everyone who wanted something from me was a leech. Every duty imposed without a worthingelectrician voluntary assent was extortion. It was my moral responsibility to evaluate everyone else entirely in terms of their worth to me. It was cool.

    There's irony in the appeal of hardcore Libertarianism on college campuses. Sure, college students are (in principle, at least) the cream of our education system, but they're also the most uniformly dependent "adult" population outside prison.

    With tuition now ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 a year, virtually none of th

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  • A lot to celebrate during Gay Pride Month | The Progressive

    We’re in the middle of Gay Pride Month, and gay men and lesbians have much to celebrate.

    Last month, President Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly support same-sex marriage.

    On May 31, a federal appeals court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it denies same-sex couples benefits available to straight married couples.

    The White House and the Pentagon repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

    People are finally paying a lot of attention to the problem of bullying gay youth.

    And a top-rated show on TV, “Modern Family,” features a gay couple who’ve adopted a child.

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  • New Family Structures Study: Is gay parenthood bad? Or is gay marriage good? – Slate Magazine

    Is same-sex marriage a good idea? Or is an intact biological family the best environment for raising a child? The answer may turn out to be yes and yes.

    That’s the curious implication of a study reported yesterday in Social Science Research and outlined in Slate today by its principal investigator, sociologist Mark Regnerus. The study, which found inferior economic, educational, social, and psychological outcomes among children of gay parents, comes across as evidence that homosexuals are unfit to raise kids. But the study doesn’t document the failure of same-sex marriage. It documents the failure of the closeted, broken, and unstable households that preceded same-sex marriage.

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  • Marriage is a civil rights issue | The Progressive

    President Obama’s announcement that he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry will not – and should not — hurt him among black and Latino voters.

    There are political factions seeking to exploit fear of America’s growing diversity, factions whose only hope of success is to pit groups of Americans against each other. A series of internal memos from the conservative National Organization for Marriage reveals this cynical ploy.

    “The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies,” one memo states. Another discusses recruiting “glamorous” Latino artists and entertainers in order to make heterosexual-only marriage “a key badge of Latino identity.” (The memos were obtained by the Human Rights Campaign during a court proceeding and released in March.)

    But voters of color are too smart to fall for these cheap, divide-and-conquer strategies.

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    President Obama’s announcement that he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry will not – and should not — hurt him among black and Latino voters.

     

    There are political factions seeking to exploit fear of America’s growing diversity, factions whose only hope of success is to pit groups of Americans against each other. A series of internal memos from the conservative National Organization for Marriage reveals this cynical ploy.

     

    “The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies,” one memo states. Another discusses recruiting “glamorous” Latino artists and entertainers in order to make heterosexual-only marriage “a key badge of Latino identity.” (The memos were obtained by the Human Rights Campaign during a court proceeding and released in March.)

     

    But voters of color are too smart to fall for these cheap, divide-and-conquer strategies.

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  • Bring on the Gay Boy Scouts | Activism | AlterNet

    So you’re an organization that “builds character and trains [young people] in the responsibilities of participating citizenship.” Naturally, that means you practice institutionalized discrimination. Maybe it’s time to rethink a few things, Boy Scouts of America.

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  • Government is the solution – The Washington Post

    Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things. One of those valuable things is that government creates jobs — yes, really — and also the conditions under which more jobs can be created.

    You probably read that and thought: But don’t Democrats and liberals say this all the time? Actually, the answer is no. It’s Republicans and conservatives who usually say that Democrats and liberals believe in government. Progressive politicians often respond by apologizing for their view of government, or qualifying it, or shifting as fast as the speed of light from mumbled support for government to robust affirmations of their faith in the private sector.

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