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July 28th, 2016

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Max’s View

1971 *** Edward Snowden is a traitor. That’s what a lot of Americans – smart, reasonable Americans – think. Not me, though. To me, Edward Snowden was a selfless hero for releasing those secret files when he had the chance. The NSA had been collecting data on millions of Americans without a warrant and it was only right that we knew the truth. The g...

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Max’s View: Thank You, Police

In general, I am not inclined to respect institutions of authority and power. I think the entire criminal justice system should be overhauled and radically simplified so that judges, lawyers, and prison wardens have less control over our society. Every criminal case should have exactly one question: are people in the defendant’s community safer and...

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How to Change the World *** It isn’t too hard to be an environmentalist. You have to do three things: believe what the scientists say, recycle, and root against the bad guys (corporations and Republicans). That’s about it. If you genuinely believe that humans are destroying the world right now, however, I would think that you’d have to do more. A l...

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Poverty, Inc ***1/2 In 1947, Germany was still in ruins. German cities had been bombed into oblivion. The people were devastated, disheartened, and destitute. The Marshall Plan was an American-funded initiative to help the cities of Germany. It gave poor people food. Marshall Plan charities gave away free clothing and shoes. Orphanages were establi...

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Out of Luck **** Right now, near an American street corner near you, there’s a heartless dealer selling a colorful piece of paper to a hopeless addict. That piece of paper is a lottery ticket. And the dealer is your State government. “Out of Luck” is an important film about the shameful $70 billion state lottery industry. The lottery encourages add...

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Into the Storm: Churchill at War *** “And how can men die better than by facing fearful odds, for the ashes of their fathers, and the Temples of their Gods?” -Thomas Macauley To their credit, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton didn’t spend a lot of time in their youth collecting toy soldiers and imagining them in war scenarios. War i...

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Hating Breitbart ***1/2 You are a racist. Not a nice thing to say, right? It’s inherently hurtful. It lumps you in with horrible people throughout history. It’s virtually impossible to disprove. It’s a shame that the media is so quick to label public figures as racists and from there simply dismiss them as tarnished undesirables. Another problem wi...

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All the Way ***1/2 The most important quality that a president can have is the ability to get things done. Having great ideas is not enough; he needs to be able to convince Congress to pass legislation. By this measure, Lyndon Johnson was the greatest president of all time. Whatever you think of LBJ, there’s no denying the fact that he knew how to...

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Thin *1/2 There’s a memorable scene in “The Sopranos” where the boss of the New York family – Johnny Sack – is in prison and his wife and kids come to visit. Johnny Sack’s wife is obese. His eldest daughter is just as big. And his youngest daughter is rail thin. She angrily accuses her mom and sister of talking about nothing but food. This three-mi...

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The Mask You Live In *** There are so many mass shootings lately, CNN barely cuts away from election coverage to tell us about them anymore. Plus, everyone on TV gives the same tired explanations for the killings. People on the Left say that it is the fault of our gun laws. And people on the Right counter by saying that the shooters are mentally il...

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