Douglas Wilson | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art

Douglas Wilson 
Member since Mar 20, 2012

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.


  • No friends yet.
Become My Friend Find friends »


Recent Comments

Re: “Waltons give UA $120 million to establish School of Art

This is a grand gift, but it apparently does not extend to all the arts, such as music, creative writing, theater and movies. Is this to be just a grand extension of Crystal Bridges? Is it proper for the University to allow the other arts, and their students, to become second-class poor relations? Couldn't it have leaned on the Foundation for some degree of parity among the arts? I hope there is yet opportunity for that.

8 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Douglas Wilson on 08/23/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Trump issues a warning to North Korea

We should all relax. Every world leader, including Kim Jong-Un, knows Trump is a blowhard, lying clown who is surrounded by generals who have no intention of letting him do anything crazy. Just like Trump's transgender tweet, it will float off like the hot-air balloon it is and be forgotten. As for North Korea, they aren't a signatory to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, so I'm not even sure how the UN has the authority to impose sanctions on them. It's going to be just a cold war kind of threat that will go on for as long as they want it to, and the odds are pretty high in favor of nothing coming of it.

16 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Douglas Wilson on 08/08/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Arkies again arrested protesting health legislation

Ivan the Republican: Rave ON, bro! I'm a fan.

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Douglas Wilson on 07/10/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Supreme Court chides Court of Appeals again

If the Supreme Court was able to decide the case without all that other stuff, why was the record noncompliant with the rule?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Douglas Wilson on 06/22/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Polyamory in Arkansas

Polyamory and ethical monogamy are both terms that were intended to be broader than multiple relationships with emotional bonds, but were co-opted by people who believe that they can love multiple people more or less equally. But those who commit to that belief almost always run into trouble because without a recognition of a primary relationship, the new lovers with subconsciously compete with the primaries. Arguments and ruptures often result. Polys who do defer to a primary bond survive in the poly relationship much longer.

The spectrum of ethical nonmonogamy is really quite broad. For example, "friends with benefits" is another version of ethical nonmonogamy, which can also involve some level of affection that qualifies as polyamory. Swingers argue that their version of nonmonogamy is the most secure of all, because the prime value is the couple bond, and sexual contacts with other couples are much safer, in terms of jealousy, alienation of affections, and transmission of disease, all of which are unethical to swingers.

The most positive things about all these shadings are that they are honest, and get the actors to a place where they feel they need to be, without which they feel frustration -- or they cheat. The adultery statistics, reflecting that some two thirds of marriages are affected by it (depending on whose surveys you accept), show that despite social opprobrium and religious condemnation of the strongest kind, multitudes of people cannot resist the felt need for intimate experiences with others of one kind or another. Our nature wants what our nature wants, and compels us to seek it.

Honesty, consent, and comfortable consequences are powerful arguments for tolerance and acceptance of the alternatives to traditional marriage and adultery.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Douglas Wilson on 02/13/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Gov. Asa Hutchinson: Syrian refugees unwelcome in Arkansas

The refugees are the ones we supported in the Syrian conflict, who are opposed to the guy we said needed to be taken out, who with their families lived in Syria peacefully until all this started and we supported their uprising. They can't get into the country without extensive vetting, and while we have been screaming in terror and hiding under our beds, Canada has let in ten times as many as Obama wants to let in (and if you consider the number relative to Canada's population, A HUNDRED times as many), and the number of terrorist incidents in Canada as a result is ZERO.

Which makes our American opponents to welcoming them look like cowards, moral betrayers and bigots.

Posted by Douglas Wilson on 01/12/2017 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Trump proposes an unconstitutional ban on flag burning, revoking citizenship

When this issue pops up now and then, usually raised by outraged patriots who typically are religious, I like to point out that either flag-burning involves, at worst, setting fire to a piece of cloth in a place where such burning is not allowed, thus deserving at most a small fine, or the flag is being treated as a sacred object, unconsecrated by any religion, in which case its protectors are committing idolatory. The patriots almost admit the latter treatment, though not the sin.

But the burning is no more unpatriotic than saying, "I hate what my country is doing." The patriots know you can't lock people up for saying that, because they're used to the importance and protection of free speech. They just need to learn that demonstrative expression has the same importance and protection.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Douglas Wilson on 11/29/2016 at 6:06 PM

All Comments »


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation