Author Archives: John Howard

Coakley fundraiser with health care industry lobbyists

I wonder if we’d even know about Coakley’s little fundraiser down in DC with insurance and pharma lobbyists if the “messaging expert” hadn’t pushed the reporter around? How much did she raise there, and from who, exactly? Is that information available? And how do we reconcile her claim that she “held health insurers accountable” with this fundraiser for her?  I…

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Coakley on same-sex conception

Martha Coakley is perhaps the most extreme proponent of equal conception rights for same-sex couples our state has. Her issues page shows her to be active and deeply engaged in many issues that directly relate to same-sex conception rights, without of course mentioning same-sex conception directly.  It’s inconceivable that she hasn’t been told about the possibility of same-sex conception using…

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Must read: “The Politics of Transhumanism” by James Hughes

“The Politics of Transhumanism” is a really great history and overview of Transhumanism and its various forms and factions, by Dr. James Hughes, a professor at Trinity College noted for being a rare “Democratic Transhumanist” (as opposed to the more common “Libertarian Transhumanist).  I really recommend reading it or at least skimming it to get a sense of Transhumanism…

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Now there is a PurpleMassGroup

Last week we saw the creation of a new Soapblox blog for Massachusetts libertarians, today I’m proud to announce its polar opposite: PurpleMassGroup.com! While Red and Blue Mass Groups continue to admirably serve their purposes of building and invigorating the Republican and Democratic parties, PurpleMassGroup is different, in that it is intended to serve both Republicans and Democrats who…

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Do Brown and Coakley differ on genetic engineering children?

Let’s assume that the Libertarian Kennedy opposes a law against genetically engineering children and creating children from same-sex parents (even though it is the ultimate denial of liberty for the person being created, and would result in a huge government agency to regulate and develop, and a huge insurance entitlement to enable equal access to it for all parents). We…

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