No, I will not debate you, a great article on “civility” in the midst of institutional racism and misogyny.
My Baffler subscription expired today. Though I enjoyed it, Current Affairs has won the contest for that spot. (New Philosopher and Plough also made the cut in their respective categories.)
Sad news of conservative donors pressuring Anabaptist school MB seminary demotes president, ousts 3 lecturers | Mennonite World Review
Posted on August 24th, 2018
Arendt in conversation with Thoreau:
The rules of conscience, she argues, ‘do not say what to do; they say what not to do’. In other words: personal conscience can sometimes prevent us from aiding and abetting evil but it does not require us to undertake positive political action to bring about justice.
Even those Christians who support the administration, or who say they want to stay out of politics, tend to inadvertently use the language of resistance as part of their religious parlance. In its biblical context, doing or saying something “in the name of Jesus” speaks in defiant contrast to edicts carried out “in the name of Caesar” or “in the name of the king” or “by the authority of the president.” Declaring “Jesus is Lord” implies by default that the present rulers are not as sovereign as they seem. Even calling Jesus the Son of God originally stood in specific contrast to the leaders of Rome, who demanded they be known by that very title. Jesus was not executed on a Roman cross for nothing, after all.
“If I believed terrorists were beyond redemption, I would need to rip out half of my New Testament Scriptures, for they were written by a converted terrorist.
Claiborne, Shane. The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical (p. 381).
If you want to know how to respond to people who use Romans 13 to justify evil, talk to an Anabaptist. We’re used to dealing with this behavior.
Experimental Theology pulls in some behavioral economics. Mashing together more of my favorite things!
We tend to think being like Jesus is controlled by the [slow] (sic), rational, and conscious part of the mind, the part that asks “What would Jesus do?” But in reality, it’s the fast, emotional, and automatic part of our minds that’s really controlling the show. As I’ve written about before, the battle to be like Jesus is won or lost in milliseconds. In short, learning to love isn’t about standing at an ethical crossroads and making good, Christ-like decisions, rolling the question “What would Jesus do?” over in our minds. Life and our brains are moving way too fast for that. Learning to love is, rather, about forming yourself into a person where love becomes natural and automatic, like a habit of breathing.
Posted on September 27th, 2016
Note: For a number of reasons, I do not vote in these elections. However, it is still important to me to understand how coercive power will be wielded against people, and how we must shape alternatives. Thus, this topic matter is still of interest to me.
Here are my top results for the ISideWith PotUS poll:
Posted on October 9th, 2015
Michal Zalewski not only writes well about information security topics, but also international perspectives on politics. Here, he discusses some of the realities of gun control in the USA. I am a pacifist, but I also find myself frustrated and appalled by most discussions about gun control. One of many examples: The USA is huge, and contains lots of guns. If you want to use electoral politics to effectively get them out of the hands of citizens, you have to address the reality that it would currently require mass confiscation by already-militarized law enforcement forces and national intelligence/security agencies, both of which are well-known to be highly abusive of their powers. Cultural change is much slower, and requires a lot more understanding and honesty.
I do a lot of work in application security. I don’t typically recommend Web Application Firewalls as one of a team’s first application defenses. Why? They require a lot of work to setup and maintain, if you want them to be broadly effective. For most security programs, that time is better spent preventing and fixing software security bugs in the first place. There are some exceptions, however (mature security programs with good funding, vendor software that can’t be fixed or replaced, broad issues that require coordinated re-engineering, etc.). At Re:Invent, Amazon released details on their new WAF offering for their cloud services. I haven’t had a chance to check this out, yet, but I am interested to check it out and see how it stacks up against 3rd party options that are out there.
Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist