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Archive for February, 2009

Rethinking National Sovereignty

Posted by Anthony on February 24, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

The modern world is the world of the nation-state, a world in which every ethnic group lays claim to their own special plot of land under the guise of nationalism and their “historic” rights to that place. Gone are the days of the empires, those polyglot entities encompassing the ethnicities of a dozen or more groups and spreading across the globe with seeming impunity. The trend had begun long before then, but by the end of the Second World War empires were crumbling wherever they were found. It was a long process, tied to the end of colonialism, and as such is generally viewed as a good thing in most circles. Was it really? Read the rest of this entry »


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In Defense of Smoking

Posted by Anthony on February 10, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

There is currently a rather large and proactive movement in this country, and in others, dedicated towards the eradication of that most odious of social faux-pas: smoking. Year after year, the anti-smoking activists make gains in their relentless efforts to remove smoking from both the public and, much more worryingly, private spheres.  They have achieved some successes for their work as smoking is now not only seen in a wildly negative light but also has been effectively driven from public with precious few exceptions. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Pursuit of Male Genital Integrity

Posted by Anthony on February 3, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

Imagine a scenario where the parents of a newborn male child eagerly gather around with family and friends in the hours after the birth of their son. Amidst all of the cheering and congratulations being bandied about, the proud parents are approached by the obstetrician who asks if they have decided on whether or not to have their child de-digitized. Read the rest of this entry »

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