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America the Great ... Police State
Gore Vidal's Essays

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Let us accept that we are no longer a republic governed by laws—only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street, and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.

America the Great ... Police State
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Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal's essays over the last six years In a tribute to his legacy, we'll be rerunning his great works In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the US is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws -- only by armed men and force .

Dr. Bachmann's 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
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Michele Bachmann's husband tries to "cure" gay people; President Obama wants to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare; meanwhile, the archivist of the U.S. defends Wikipedia from professors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Disgruntled Professor's Murderous Past

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Adding to the sensationalism, reports are showing that accusations of lethal violence against Harvard-educated biology professor Amy Bishop, arrested Friday in the killing of three at the University of Alabama, are not new. In 1986, accordingly to The New York Times, Bishop shot her brother to death, putting an additional twist on the Alabama carnage.

Prof. Gates Tells His Side of the Story, Chastises Policeman

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Looks like Harvard professor and race scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. won't face criminal charges after last Thursday's unfortunate confrontation with a Cambridge, Mass., police officer, but the incident definitely touched off some reactions well beyond Harvard Square. Meanwhile, Gates has given his account of what happened and has called for an apology from the officer in question.

Communication Scholars Speak Out About Negative Campaigning

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A group of top American communication professors have crafted and signed a statement calling on the McCain campaign, primarily, to stop its negative campaigning. "The purposeful dissemination of messages that a communicator knows to be false and inflammatory is unethical. It is that simple," the statement says.

Truthdigger of the Week: Edwin O. Guthman
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Truthdig tips its hat this week to Edwin O. Guthman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, World War II veteran, professor and former press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy. Guthman, who died Aug. 31, was a true class act, a mentor to many and, as the Los Angeles Times noted, a top-notch editor who earned the No. 3 spot on President Richard Nixon's enemies list for what the Times called his "aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories." Updated

Truthdigger of the Day: Steve Almond

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Almond, an adjunct professor at Boston College, has resigned his post to protest the college's choice of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker. "I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both," he writes. Imagine if Colin Powell or George Tenet had shown this kind of moral fortitude. There might not have been a war.

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