Monthly Archives: March 2012

This Week in Freethought History (March 25-31)

(The following is a transcript of a broadcast by John Mill, the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer. “This Week In Freethought” airs on the American Heathen® internet radio show, Saturdays 8:00pm-11:00pm ET on ShocknetRadio.com. Air date of this particular

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Not One Dime

When my aunt found out I am a liberal, she said, “Isn’t that just disgusting?” To her credit, she is no religion-soaked, right-wing crazy. And her son, my cousin, who shares the day of my birth, grew up normal and

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This Week in Freethought History (March 18-24)

(The following is a transcript of a broadcast by John Mill, the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer. “This Week In Freethought” airs on the American Heathen® internet radio show, Saturdays 8:00pm-11:00pm ET on ShocknetRadio.com. Air date of this particular

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March 15: Cesare Beccaria

Cesare Beccaria (1738) It was on this date, March 15, 1738, the famous Italian legal reformer Cesare, Marquis of Beccaria-Bonesana, was born in Milan. He opposed the death penalty and believed education would reduce crime – a belief borne out

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March 9: Michael Kinsley (1951)

It was on this date, March 9, 1951, that writer and editor Michael Kinsley was born. Over his career he has been editor of The New Republic, columnist for the Washington Post and co-host of the CNN program “Crossfire.” In

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March 8: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841)

It was on this date, March 8, 1841, that The Great Dissenter on the US Supreme Court, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr was born. His distinction as The Great Dissenter arose from many legal dissents issued on the Supreme Court that

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March 7: Aristotle (d. 322 BCE)

It was on this date, March 7, 322 BCE, that Greek philosopher and student of Plato, Aristotle (Ἀριστοτέλης, Aristotélēs), died in Euboea. Born on an uncertain date in 384 BCE in Stageira, Aristotle studied with Plato until the older philosopher’s

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March 7: Luther Burbank (1849)

It was on this date, March 7, 1849, that American botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbank was born (1849). Although benefiting from only an elementary school education, at age 21 he used his inheritance to buy a plot of land and

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March 6: Gabriel García Márquez (1927)

It was on this date, March 6, 1927, that Latin-American journalist, novelist and short story writer Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. Although brought up culturally as a Roman Catholic, Márquez once said, “If God hadn’t rested on

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March 6: Michelangelo (1475)

It was on this date, March 6, 1475, that Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, and architect Michelangelo was born. Early on, his talent was recognized and he was employed by many famous clerics and political families, most notably the Medici’s, Pope

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