Environmental Ethics
and Public Policy
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D

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Lecture Topics

Conscience of a Progressive
    (A Book in Progress)

A Dim View of Libertarianism

Rawls and the Duty to Posterity
    (Doctoral Dissertation)

The Ecology Project

For Environmental Educators

The Russian Environment

    (Critiques of Post Modernism)

Notes from the Brink
    (Peace Studies)

The Gadfly's Bio Sketch

The Gadfly's Publications

The Online Gadfly: Editorial Policy

The Gadfly's E-Mail: gadfly@igc.org

Classical Guitar:
"The Other Profession




Notes of a Reluctant Radical

"He alone is worthy of life and freedom, 
who each day does battle for them anew."


Most of these brief pieces were written specifically for the internet, appearing first either in The Online Gadfly or The Crisis Papers.  Some of this material has been adapted and included in Conscience of a Progressive.  Accordingly, the first listing under these topics will be the relevant chapters in the book.

Many Crisis Papers editorial essays, not directly pertinent to politics, will be found among The Gadfly Editorials.  All internet editorials (published first by The Online Gadfly and The Crisis Papers) will be identified by a header, "The Gadfly Bytes" along with the date of publication.  In addition, editorials that have been assimilated into Conscience of a Progressive will be so indicated.

A complete list of those Crisis Papers internet essays may be found here.

The Right and the Left in a Nutshell  (March, 2006)
Right vs. Left: The Elements  (March, 2005) 

The Crisis

Fruit Flies in a Bottle  (September, 2010)
American, Inc. is Here: Get With the Program.  (January, 2010)
Take the Money and Run  (March, 2009)

Act Two: The Struggle Continues  (December, 2008)
A New Day Dawning  (June, 2008)
The Great Regression -- And The Road Back  (March, 2008)
Where Are Our Heroes Today? (June, 2006)

The 9/11 Conspiracy: A Skeptic’s View  (April, 2006)
The Erosion of Trust  (January, 2006)
Hinges of History  (July, 2005)
Last Chance for Civilization  (May, 2005)
Something's Gotta Give  (January, 2005)
The Great Regression -- and the Road Back. (March, 2004)
Do We Still Have a Democracy?  (November, 2004)
Can an Entire Country Go Mad?  (April, 2003)
The Vulnerable Giant  (February, 2003)
Despotism by Accident  (September, 2002)

The Oil Trap (August, 2002)

Foreign Relations, War and Peace

Let's End The New Cold War Before it Heat's Up  (March 5, 2015)
The War Trap (December, 2009)
OmiGawd, Not Another Cold War!  A Letter to My Friends in Russia
        (September, 2008)
Twenty-Twenty Hindsight, Blinded Foresight  (November, 2007)
Oh What a Lovely (Cold) War  (March, 2007)
Only Americans Can Restore America's Honor  (January, 2007)
O Canada!  (August, 2006)
What About the Russians?  Personal Encounters  (June, 2006)
Swords Into Plowshares  (May, 2006)
The View from Abroad: A Personal Reflection  (February, 2006)

The Indelible Evil of this War  (December, 2004)
Now We Are the Redcoats  (September, 2003)
Thoughts on the Eve of a Disaster  (March, 2003)
Forgive U.S. our Trespasses  (May, 2002)

Why Do They Hate Us So Much? (2001)
The Holy Land  (November, 2001)
Warriors of the Lord  (December, 2001)

The Media

The Right to Know: Propaganda and the Media
            (Chapter 18, Conscience of a Progressive)

Nolo Contendere (May, 2010
Pity the Poor Mainstream Media!  (May, 2008)
Mainstream Media to Bloggers: Bug Off
  (January, 2007)

Snobocracy: When “The Right People” Run Washington  (December, 2006)
All The News that Fits the Bush Agenda
  (August, 2006)
Pravda on the Potomac  (September, 2004))

The Dragon at the Gate: The Media Problem  (January, 2003)
The Press and Party Symbiosis  (November, 2002)

The American Samizdat  (2002)


R. I. P. American Democracy  (October 26, 2012)
Election 2008: Who Decides?  The People or the Programmers?  (October, 2008)
Election Fraud: Where’s the Outrage?  (July, 2007)
An Appearance of Guilt  (March, 2006)
“Evidence? We Don’t Want Your Stinkin’ Evidence!”  (January, 2006)
"Shut Up!," They Explain.  (February, 2005)
Has the Case for Election Fraud been Refuted?  (January, 2005) 
The Democrats as "The Washington Generals"  (December, 2004)
Do We Still Have a Democracy  (November, 2004)
The Greatest Story Never Told  (March, 2003)

Civil Liberties and Dissent

On Patriotism  (January, 2002)
Free to Agree  (December, 2001)

Republicans and The Right

Whose "Liberty"?  Whose "Freedom"?  (May 13, 2015)
The Harder They Fall  (January 19, 2014)
Romney, Mormonism and "The Religious Test."  (Nov. 1, 2012)
Ayn Rand's Excellent Proposal  (March, 2010)
Don't Ridicule the Tea Baggers -- Recruit Them  (January, 2010)
On Behalf of the Tea Bag Brigades: A Proposal  (April 2009)
Take the Money and Run  (March, 2009)
Why Liberals are Not Libertarians  (November, 2008)
The Road to Catastrophe  (October, 2008)

Privatization: The Key to the Coming Solar Age  (April, 2008)
My Encounter with William F. Buckley, Jr. (March, 2008)
Privatized Hell  (November, 2007)
A Failed Experiment  (June, 2007)
The Malleable World of the Neo-Cons  (February, 2007)
Randville, Rawlsburg, and New Orleans  (September, 2005)
Who Lost New Orleans?  (September, 2005)
A Master Morality  (March, 2005)
Bush's "Gut"  (October, 2004)
Letter to a Republican Friend  (August, 2004)
Henry and George  (June, 2004)

Dear CEO: Is This Really What You Want?  (March, 2003)
The State Religion  (June, 2001)

Democrats and The Left

Stewart Lee Udall -- 1920-2010.  A Personal Memoir.  (March, 2010)
"The Left"  (March 2009)
In a Financial Emergency, Who Do you Call?  The Democrats! (September, 2008)
Liberals and Libertarians  (May, 2007)

The Public Interest and the Limits of Volunteerism  (December, 2006)
The Democrats: Missing in Action  (March, 2006)

Consumer or Citizen?  (October, 2003)
Strategies for Underdogs  (January, 2003)
Taking Stock  (December, 2002)
Conscience of a Conservative  (April, 2002)
Don't Just Get Mad, Get Smart  (March, 2002)

Lies, Propaganda, Corruption

The Language Trap: A Word About Words
           (Chapter 2, Conscience of a Progressive)

The Big Lie  (April, 2011)
"That's Just Your Opinion"  (June, 2008)
Newspeak and the Corruption of Politics  (April, 2006)
A Modest Proposal  (February, 2003)
Newspeak Lives!  (December, 2002)
Blissful Ignorance (May, 2001)
A Bribe by Any Other Name  (April, 2001)

The Culture War and The Religious Right

Religion: How Would Jesus Vote? 
           (Chapter 20, Conscience of a Progressive)

What a Friend We Have in Jesus  (May, 2005)
Suckers for Jesus  (August, 2004)
What Would Jesus Do?  (October, 2002)
One Nation, Under God, Divisible  (March, 2002)

About Russia

Let's End The New Cold War Before it Heat's Up  (March 5, 2015)
Bungling Toward Oblivion: A Letter to my Friends in Russia (July, 2014)
Thinking Like a Russian (March, 2014)
Russia -- An Appreciation  (March, 2014)
What About the Russians?  Personal Encounters   (June, 2006)
Swords Into Plowshares   (May, 2006)

See also the С Дрнгой Стороны -- On the Other Hand.  The Russian Environment.

The Coup d'Etat -- 2000

The Hijacked Election  (November, 2000) 
A Day of Infamy (Bush v. Gore).  (December, 2000)
We Dissent
(Collected Quotations Regarding Bush v. Gore
"None Dare Call it Treason," by Vincent Bugliosi  (The Nation)
Coping with "Post Democracy"  (January, 2001)
Post Modern Politics
 (April, 2001)
Lest We Forget: Notes on the Late Election  (April, 2001)
Night Falls Upon American Democracy.  (February, 2002)
Bush Win's Florida -- NOT!  (February, 2002)


Non-Political Editorials


Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taught Philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly) and co-edits the progressive website, "The Crisis Papers" (www.crisispapers.org).  Dr. Partridge can be contacted at: gadfly@igc.org .