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Shift In Gay Marriage Support Mirrors A Changing America : NPR
The latest polls indicate 58 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. In 1977, that number was 13 percent. One researcher says that jump in support isn't the result of a generational gap — it's that many who once opposed gay marriage have changed their minds or softened their opposition. - gay rights movement championed the individual rights. - many high profile people coming out of closet may have contributed to the "normal" image of gay people and gay relationships. plus high profile hetero people have gay friends and turn into a public ally.
human  rights  minority  sociology  Religion  gayrights  humanrights  gay  rights  liberal  democracy  liberty  gay  marriage  USA  J  S  Mill  gaymarriage  equality  civil  rights  individual  rights  individual  liberty  generational  change  culture  liberalism  LGBT 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
Bloomberg To Appeal Halt Of "Arbitrary And Capricious" Decision, Will Fight Valiantly To Curb New York Obesity | Zero Hedge
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-11/judge-halts-bloombergs-sugar-drink-ban-calls-it-illegal We believe @nycHealthy has the legal authority and responsibility to tackle causes of the obesity epidemic, which kills 5,000 NYers a year. >> in the end it is a public health concern. as is smoking. - it drives up hospital bills - which drives up taxation >> liberalism yes, but not to the extent that it financially harms others too.
liberty  USA  J  S  Mill  NY  public  health  policy  western  lifestyle  obesity  epidemic  Michael  Bloomberg  liberalism  public  health 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
Irische Abtreibungsdebatte offenbart erzkonservative Strukturen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
dividing between politics/public policy and religion ... still an ongoing debate, but shouldn't be.
J  S  Mill  Ireland  conservative  liberalism  abortion  Religion  Politics 
december 2012 by asterisk2a
BBC News - A Point Of View: The trouble with freedom
We've come to believe that freedom is the natural human condition, which only tyrants prevent everyone from enjoying - but when a tyrant is toppled, we can't know what will come next, says John Gray.

[...]

For Russell, as for Mill, liberty was one thing, democracy another. It's a deeply unfashionable view, but I think essentially correct.

[...]

We need freedom because our goals and values are highly diverse and often quite different from those of the people around us. Having a voice in collective decisions - the basis of democracy - is a fine thing, but it won't protect your freedom if the majority is hostile to the way you choose to live.

[...] threats to freedom [can come from many different angles.]

[...] we've forgotten our own history and neglect the dangers we currently face. [...] liberty is a fragile achievement.
Russia  UK  Politics  USA  Europe  culture  government  homophobia  xenophobia  nationalism  minority  John  Gray  book  society  Bertrand  Russell  J  S  Mill  John  Stuart  Mill  Libya  Afghanistan  Iraq  history  freedom  liberty  democracy  Isaiah  Berlin 
august 2012 by asterisk2a

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