Outrages and Musings

Reflections on current events

Morton Winston

Morton Winston
Ewing, New Jersey, USA
January 16
Professor of Philosophy
The College of New Jersey
A long time human rights scholar, educator, and activist, I served as chairman of the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. I have received three Fulbright Scholarships, to South Africa (1992), to Thailand (1999) and in 2007 I was named the Danish Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and International Relations at the Danish Institute of Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark. My email is: MEWinston@gmail.com.


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“With great power there must also come – great responsibility!”

In the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda many scholars and policy-makers began to reexamine the concepts of just war and humanitarian intervention with a view to determining whether states have a positive… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 7, 2012 8:17AM

Unfinished Business

Now that the vox populi has spoken in the most expensive election in the history of human civilization (courtesy of the Supremes and Citizens United), it might be a good time to take a breath or two before the 2016 campaign begins to take stock of the unfinished business of the… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2012 2:54PM

Weapons of Mass Deception


With the political campaign season poised to go into high gear next month it is important that voters become aware of the various propaganda techniques being employed by the candidates and their surrogates. Having taught logic for many years I am familiar with the standard rhetorical technique

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APRIL 15, 2012 10:41AM

The Symbolism of the Titanic Disaster





 On April 15, 1912 the ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, drowning 1517 passengers. On this centenary of the disaster there are memorials taking place in Belfast where the supposedly “unsinkable” steamship was built,  in SouthhamRead full post »

JANUARY 29, 2010 8:21AM

Scott Roeder and the Bush Doctrine


Scott Roeder's justification for killing Dr. George Tiller is the same as the one that George W. Bush used to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In law, in order for a defense of necessity (voluntary manslaughter) to apply, there must be an imminent lethal threat to oneself orRead full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2009 8:50AM

New Rules

Because the alleged Christmas Day bomber concealed explosives in his underwear, henceforth passengers who are wearing underwear will not be permitted to board international flights bound for the USA.

Because the suspected Undie-bomber  tried to detonate his explosive device on Christmas Day,
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DECEMBER 28, 2009 11:35AM

Right-wing Ragers and Other Holiday Cheer


     On Christmas Eve a woman named Bunny from Kansas called C-Span to say that she was so disappointed and mad over the Senate passing the health insurance reform bill that she had taken down her Christmas tree. When asked about her reasons she explained that the America

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DECEMBER 24, 2009 12:41PM

Pascal's Wager and Climate Change

     Current climate science suggests that the Earth's temperature has been steadily rising due to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by our use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, and that the rate at which are pumping CO2 and other gases into the atmosphere exceeds… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 17, 2009 2:43PM

Why Hopenhagen Turned into Nopenhagen.

While it is not over until it is over, on this the penultimate day of the most important international conference on global climate change in this decade, it seems pretty clear that it is going to end in failure. There will be no binding treaty. It is not clear there will… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2009 9:27AM

What Ever Happened to Moral Hazard?

The term "moral hazard" has a long history, but it was brought into prominence by economist Kenneth Arrow to describe situations in which governments step in to rescue private financial institutions from the consequences of their own risky or imprudent behavior. The term itself has an interesting ety

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AUGUST 21, 2009 9:04AM

Death Squads, American Style


The term 'death squad' entered the lexicon back in the 1980s when it was used to refer to gangs of off-duty military personnel who were hired by right-wing military dictatorships in countries such as Guatemala and El Salvador to kidnap and murder people they suspected of sympathizing with theRead full post »

AUGUST 18, 2009 10:13AM

Big Lies

If different months of the year reflect different personality types, then August must be the month for idiots and liars. All of the reasonable and responsible people are away on vacation so the field of play is left to the nutcases. This is particularly evident this August in the so-called debate… Read full post »