Monthly Archives: August 2011

Essays on Inequality I – Facing a Stark Reality

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.  —  John Adams The political situation in America right now (August of 2011) is utterly surreal, stranger to me than anything I have witnessed … Continue reading

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Is There Any Good News in the Deal on Debt?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The Debt Deal struck a couple of weeks ago did (perhaps) avert a national default; the perhaps is because our constitution provides that the US will allocate funds to cover obligations, so it is … Continue reading

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Humility

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) It’s far too easy to become enchanted with one’s own ideas, to become certain that one is right about everything, or more importantly to write or speak in ways that give others the impression … Continue reading

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Perspectives

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The First Christopher Hitchens Day – 15 December, 2011: Remembering an intellectual giant on the occasion of his untimely death. Time Running Out: An exploration of the concept of time, and how little of … Continue reading

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Feelings, Faith and Facts: Glib Is Not Wise

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The human voice exhibits a powerful affinity with our brains.  We feel closer to someone when communicating by voice than by text, even when we can’t see the face from which the voice emanates.  … Continue reading

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Social Security

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Regulation

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Law and the Courts

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The Divided States of Christian America? – In the Supreme Court’s 2001 Good News Club decision the Court redefined “religion” as “viewpoint” enabling a religious sect, on free speech grounds, to occupy a public school for the … Continue reading

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Government in Society

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Entitlement, Repression, and Class Warfare – Proving a social safety net and freedom from economic and social repression are basic functions of American government. Rape, Choice, and the Supernatural War on Women – Weighing in on … Continue reading

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Politics

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Be Afraid – The same old Republican “trickle-down” snake oil is being sold again, and too many people are still buying it. And God’s Choice For President Is . . . .  – The full national … Continue reading

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Monopolies and Market Power

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Religion

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Paul Krugman’s Failure of Nerve – The noteworthy economist missed an important teachable moment in connection with the religious right’s opposition to education. Of Nuts and Sluts, No Ifs, Ands, or Buts  – With the … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens Is Right, Part 2

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Two current events, arising at roughly the same time, are demonstrating how deeply religious ideation has soaked into our imagination of the world:  the horrific murderous rampage of Anders Breivik and the Texas child … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President: I have been among your most ardent supporters, but I’m very concerned about the job you are doing.   You are involved in a class war, Mr. Obama, and as the representative and leader of the American people … Continue reading

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The Betrayal of Hope

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Skip and I have been among the most loyal and hopeful defenders of Barack Obama all along, even as he has disappointed us with his failure forcefully to stand up for the people and, … Continue reading

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