World as it should have been, world as it may yet become
12 May 2010
A sickening crime
A few days ago three white supremacists in New Mexico abducted a young Navajo man and, among other things, forcibly branded a swastika on his arm. The perpetrators have, at least, been arrested and will face charges.
This is the kind of thing that sometimes makes me wish we could still sentence people to public flogging.
Individualist, transhumanist, American patriot, socialist, atheist, liberal, optimist, pragmatist, and regular guy -- it has been my great good fortune to live my whole life free of "spiritual" concepts of any kind. I believe that evidence and reason are the keys to understanding reality; that it is technology rather than ideology or politics that has been the great liberator of humanity; and that in the long run human intelligence is the most powerful force in the universe.