Monthly Archives: September 2011

Why Businesses Cut Jobs – and What to Do About It

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Preferences are learned as well as natural:  Business managers are taught to favor investment in machines and monetary instruments over investment in workers.  In fact, two ratios drive Management training in Business Schools:  The … Continue reading

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Essays on Inequality V – Deepening Recession/Looming Depression

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. –  George Orwell For nearly two weeks now the movement #Occupy Wall Street, with its thousands of members of “The Other 99%” … Continue reading

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Essays on Inequality IV – Taxing the Rich is Essential

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. – Plato Here, in broad conceptual terms, is how growing inequality stifles the economy:  The more that wealth … Continue reading

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Essays on Inequality III – Taxing the Rich, A New Start

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) More frightening than any particular beliefs or policies is an utter lack of any sense of a need to test those beliefs and policies against hard evidence. Mistakes can be corrected by those who … Continue reading

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Why Perry Will Win

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) As it began to appear that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s  “Ponzi scheme” position on Social Security was not going to hurt his front-runner status, I began to fear that Jon Stewart is right:  … Continue reading

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Remembering

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) That eleventh day of September, 2001 was such a terrible day, ten years later I find myself among those Americans who do not want to remember, who wish they could forget.  I went to … Continue reading

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Essays on Inequality II – Jobs and Recovery

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Here’s a truth: when people cannot identify the source of their troubles they are much more likely to accept a bad situation as a kind of natural disaster with no fault and no solution. … Continue reading

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Why Democracy Requires the Separation of Church and State

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Responding to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry’s recent woefully misguided comments about evolution, Richard Dawkins, a Brit [1] and a guy who probably understands evolution about as well as anyone on the planet, had … Continue reading

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