The Trial Of Galileo (Podcast)

The Italian astronomer Galileo was examined by the Inquisition for heresy in 1633. At issue was his advocacy of the heliocentric (sun-centered) view of the solar system. What was the significance of the trial, and what were the motivations of the participants?

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Societies Of Suspicion, Fear, And Retribution

 

CNN’s website this Saturday carried a story entitled “10 Reasons Single Women Should Be Mad.” It is a familiar-themed piece of mass-media dreck, reciting the same tired litany of lies and distortions that serve to provide bitter women with their daily fix of outrage. The fact that the article’s theses have been disproven ad nauseam is quite irrelevant: what matters is the myth of inequality, and the attendant need to scapegoat the evil patriarchs who are holding good women down.

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The Inquisition And Contemporary Political Correctness: The Pedagogy Of Fear

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I’ve recently been reading about the formation and institutionalization of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal after 1478.  While some may see this subject as having no relevance to the modern scene, this view would be incorrect.  The establishment of any system of psychological domination follows certain patterns, and those patterns repeat themselves in history.

We like to think of ourselves as enlightened and far removed from the barbarities of the past.  And it is true that those who do not toe the party line are no longer literally burned at the stake.  But the psychological impulses are still there, and the punishments are not imaginary.  What are the features of the apparatus of control, both modernly and in the past?

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