Bjorn Philip Beer

Bjorn Philip Beer

Bjorn Philip Beer
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
December 31
Weekend Writer, Software Executive, and Father in Charlottesville, Virginia. Graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Frequent contributor to Earth Island Journal.

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If truth is the first casualty of war, memory is certainly collateral damage.  The Washington Post revealed its own amnesia when its Editorial Board published a March 2nd piece critical of Obama’s “fantasy-based” foreign policy. They asserted that Obama’s hesita… Read full post »

My writing on Open Salon has led to published print work.  Check out my first piece in Earth Island Journal.

I think it is very important that we confront the idea that environmentalism… Read full post »

We recently heard a heart-wrenching appeal by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for military action against the Syrian regime. He invoked the horrifying mental image of the 426 children tragically killed in chemical gas attacks, which killed a total of 1,429 Syrians. This is the latest tragedy in a… Read full post »

If someone were to ask me to define irony, I would point to yesterday’s news from the North Carolina legislature. In an 11th hour legislative sneak attack session in the state Senate, severe abortion restrictions were attached onto another bill. These restrictions limiting access to p… Read full post »

“Strict constructionist” and alleged defender of the Constitution, Senator Lindsey Graham, recently suggested that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombings need not be burdened with Miranda rights or a trial in our regular legal system. No one should be surprised that… Read full post »

Last week when the Senate voted down sensible and popular legislation for background checks on gun purchases, all of my fears were put into perspective. This coincided with a week full of fear after the tragic bombings in Boston and subsequent lock-down. As the dust settles, it is time to have a… Read full post »

Dear Armchair Pundits:

When you post the latest poll numbers and provide us with your analysis, what you say might mean less than you would like. This is especially true when the poll you cite has a difference between Obama and Romney that is equal to or within the margin of… Read full post »

Despite our dangerous flirtation with runaway global warming and the ongoing acidification of the oceans, our two potential "leaders" said nothing about climate change in any of the three debates. This is the first time in 24 years that climate change wasn’t mentioned, even though the rate oRead full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2012 1:05PM

The Irony of Hope

Depending on their political slant, many talking heads in the news seemed either shocked or gleeful in light of the recent news that the presidential race is heating up. According to the latest polls, President Obama and Governor Romney are tied. It is obviously too early to say that the performanceRead full post »

I logged into Facebook this morning and was amazed at how many people commented about last night’s debate with a swaggering confidence only matched by that of a TV pundit. As a former pollster, paid campaign worker, and someone who has taken graduate-level campaign management courses from one oRead full post »

Something bizarre happened on Friday when I visited Washington, DC. As I was headed to a cigar store in Union Station to stock up for a bachelor party later that night, I realized I was right next door to Bistro Bis, a restaurant where I worked as an undergraduate at Georgetown/… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2012 4:37PM

Howl (Against Student Loans)

So, I just read an article about a new Congressional effort for a student loan forgiveness package.  It just so happened that while looking for my student loan information for today's meeting with our banker (to show I repaid off both of my loans early), I found a long-lost… Read full post »

MARCH 20, 2012 8:16AM

The Ire of Ingraham

The most listened-to woman in political talk radio, Laura Ingraham, recently aimed her crosshairs at me when she accused me of “Catholic-bashing.”  In contrast to the picture Ingraham paints, I received a great number of thoughtful and emotional emails and comments from readers who w… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2012 2:00PM

Reframing the Contraception Debate

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Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton wrote in Orthodoxy that the "essence of every picture is the frame."  In recent weeks, the religious right has attempted to frame their opposition to birth control access in the language of religious freedom.  If “this struggle for religiousRead full post »

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MARCH 9, 2012 12:28PM

A Hard Pill to Swallow: Catholic Contraception Policy

While I laud Georgetown University President John DeGioia’s recent call to civility in light of rabid right-wing attacks on a Georgetown law student, we must not forget how uncivil the Catholic anti-contraception position is. In some parts of the world, it continues to cause more human sufRead full post »