It’s hard to fit this one in a small blurb. Ipas, an international group for the promotion of women’s health and reproductive rights, got into a tussle with WUNC radio over the use of the word “rights” in their description when the station was citing their sponsorship. Howard Zinn, one of the foremost progressive U.S. historians (whose book The Dark Ages I highly reccommend) made the argument that the nature of U.S. society was such that in the 50’s we did not need the overwhelming police presence characteristic of most oppressive countries. We wound up oppressing ourselves, and for the most part very effectively. This is a classic example of that dynamic… and it will only become more common.