Posts Tagged ‘Osama bin Laden’

Feeling No Pain – America’s Deepening Culture of Indifference

A segment of a longer speech, delivered on September 22, 2011 at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. In this clip, I discuss the ways in which the U.S. political culture is becoming increasingly indifferent to suffering and injustice, whether in the criminal justice system, with regard to health care, war, bullying or any number of [...]

Killing One Monster, Unleashing Another: Reflections on Revenge and Revelry

There is a particularly trenchant scene in the documentary film, Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead, in which Blecker — who teaches at New York Law School and is the nation’s most prominent pro-death penalty scholar — travels to Tennessee’s Riverbend Prison for the execution of convicted murderer, Daryl Holton. Blecker is adamant that Holton, who [...]

Selective Indignation: Bin Laden’s Inhumanity, and Ours

Published on ZNet, www.zmag.org, 12/20/01 The reviews came in quickly, and to no one’s surprise, the verdict was two thumbs down. “Can you believe how ruthless this man is? How cold blooded?” “That monster has no regard for human life.” “What kind of person laughs about the deaths of thousands of innocent people?” These are [...]