Robert Gould


The Ongoing Tension between Power and Morality

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“American Exceptionalism is the belief that, even when the US is flawed in its policies, those politics are justifiable because there is something innately morally superior about being an American. This alleged moral high ground comes from our international commitment to promote and enforce democracy and free-market capitalism–even when it boils down to supporting dictatorships and economic exploitation.”

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/12/30/ongoing-tension-between-power-and-morality
Before It’s News http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/12/the-ongoing-tension-between-power-and-morality-3268974.html
Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2016/01/01/the-ongoing-tension-between-power-and-morality/
Courier Post Online http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/12/31/commentary-tension-power-morality/78125268/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/12/30/moral-high-ground-123015/
Joplin Independent http://www.joplinindependent.com/display_article.php/hastings1451948731
Date: December 30.31,2015, January 1,2,4,2016

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Sending Your Children Off to Safe Spaces in College

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“This is the time of year that many parents send their children off to college with the hope that they will learn, mature, become independent, have a great collegiate experience, but most of all, with the hope that their children will be safe. There is always the usual parent worries that their dorm-bound children will not eat healthy foods, not get enough sleep, or over-party, but one of their worst worries is that their children will be attacked sexually, or be urged on to attack others sexually. Sadly, college surveys show that these kinds of attacks are all too frequent. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that between 20 and 25 percent of women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career.”

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/01/sending-your-children-off-to-safe-spaces-in-college/
Quat City Times http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/sending-your-children-off-to-safe-spaces-in-college/article_e391de55-d4ac-53ff-b2a0-d2189bf16b07.html
Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/121233
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/09/02/safe-space-education-9215/
Baltimore Times http://baltimoretimes-online.com/news/2015/sep/04/sending-your-children-safe-spaces-college/
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/sending_your_children_off_to_safe_spaces_in_college/
Date: September 1,4,5,11,2015

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Mass shootings: why more than one per day?

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“The Business Insider reports: “As of August 26, the U.S. has had 247 mass shootings in the first 238 days of 2015. For those keeping track, that’s an average of more than one shooting per day.” Why?

No doubt there are many reasons—many causes. First, let’s be clear on the metrics here. The statistic, above, is for mass shootings, not mass murders. Mass shootings are defined by the Mass Shooting Tracker as a “shooting spree in which four or more people are shot … This differs from the FBI definition in which an event only qualifies as a mass shooting if four or more are killed.””

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/08/29/mass-shootings-why-more-than-one-per-day/
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/mass_shootings_why_more_than_one_per_day/
Herald Independent http://heraldindependent.com/opinion/editorials/916/more-than-one-mass-shooting-a-day
Wilson County News http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=67934&n=section-general-news-editorial-mass-shootings-why-more-than-one-per-day
Quad City Times http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mass-shootings-why-more-than-one-per-day/article_aaedadef-3f72-5a01-8038-634651c49946.html
Date: August 29,September 4,5,9,2015

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Ending the Government Hate Spiral by Curing the Ethical Defect

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“Last month my wife spent two hours waiting at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This past week, at the suggestion of a DMV call center employee, I spent just 45 minutes because I arrived at 7:30 a.m., a half-hour before DMV opened. DMV workers are not unaware that they are generally hated, as is the institution for which they work, the state.”

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/10/08/ethical-defects-10814/, Voice of the Ozarks http://www.voiceoftheozarks.net/display_article.php/hastings1412802694, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/10/12/ending-government-hate-spiral-curing-ethical-defect/, Tauton Daily Gazette http://www.tauntongazette.com/article/20141010/OPINION/141019334/11207/OPINION, Raynham News http://raynham.wickedlocal.com/article/20141010/OPINION/141019334/12456/OPINION, Fall River News http://fall-river.wickedlocal.com/article/20141009/Opinion/141006017, Dighton News http://dighton.wickedlocal.com/article/20141010/Opinion/141019334, Berkley News http://berkley.wickedlocal.com/article/20141010/Opinion/141019334, Joplin Independent http://www.joplinindependent.com/display_article.php/hastings1412802694, Tauton News http://taunton.wickedlocal.com/article/20141010/Opinion/141019334, Saratogian http://www.saratogian.com/opinion/20141009/another-view-ending-the-government-hate-spiral, The Record http://www.troyrecord.com/opinion/20141009/another-view-ending-the-government-hate-spiral, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/ending_the_government_hate_spiral_by_curing_the_ethical_defect/, Kane Republican http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/e-edition%20Kane%2010-08-14.pdf
Date: October 8,9,11,2014

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Do (Fill in the Blank) Value Life Less than We Do?

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“During the Vietnam War, my mother, an otherwise sweet and compassionate person, said “they” (Vietnamese) don’t value human life like we do, suggesting that I be more comfortable killing them. I never was comfortable with the idea of killing them, and so I didn’t.”

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/15/fill-blank-value-life-less/, Pagosa Daily Post http://www.pagosadailypost.com/news/26494/ESSAY:_Those_Who_Value_Life/, Salida Daily Post http://www.salidadailypost.com/news/26494/ESSAY:_Those_Who_Value_Life/, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/08/13/who-is-lesser-81314/, The Detroit News http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140814/OPINION01/308140002/Do-they-value-life-less-than-we-do-, The Westerly Sun http://www.thewesterlysun.com/opinion/columnguest/5306013-129/opinion-does-insert-enemy-value-life-less-than-we-do.html, Thomas on Times www.thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/50276813/Do———value-life-less-than-we-do#.U_KylIBdWds, Times of Earth http://www.timesofearth.com/features-views-analysis/do-fill-in-the-blank-value-life-less-than-we-do.html, Truth Out http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/25581-do-fill-in-the-blank-value-life-less-than-we-do, War is a Crime http://warisacrime.org/content/do-fill-blank-value-life-less-we-do, World Beyond War http://www.worldbeyondwar.org/fill-blank-value-life-less/
Date: August 13,14,15,16,2014

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The Fallacious Human Shield and Collateral Damage Arguments

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“Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawl’s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such as their identity, power or weakness.”

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: Corpus Christi Caller Times http://www.caller.com/opinion/forums/forum-the-fallacious-human-shields-defense_77742350, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/15/the-fallacious-human-shield-and-collateral-damage-arguments/, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/11/fallacious-human-shield-collateral-damage-arguments/, The Poteau Daily News http://www.poteaudailynews.com/content/robert-j-gould-fallacious-human-shield-and-collateral-damage-arguments, Truth Out http://truthout.net/speakout/item/25521-the-fallacious-human-shield-and-collateral-damage-arguments
Date: August 11,12,13,15,2014

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