Category Archives: Culture

Vacation Time: Europe!

1.  STATEMENT OF INTENT OK, change of pace here.  How about May and June in not-Trump land?  (Well, the jury is still out on Fwonce.  We’ll know more on May 7.)  How about a brief, ground-level look at France, Italy, … Continue reading

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Sounding the Alarm

Intoduction With Apologies to our followers: We haven’t posted here in a while. However, we have been busy. JMH has lately been posting articles on Daily Kos, a series on distributional macroeconomics and the inequality problem. The series has begun … Continue reading

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The Big Lie: Reaganomics

Opposition to the Trump regime is surfacing rapidly. The most recent issue of Rolling Stone (February 25 – March 9, 2017) features an interview with John Oliver, discussing his plans for “Last Week Tonight” in this first year of Trump’s administration. … Continue reading

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The Great Correction

Most Americans are at least apprehensive, and many of us are terrified, by the prospect of the upcoming Donald Trump presidency. These fears are justified. People who voted for him did so despite his lack of experience or leadership skills, … Continue reading

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Bad News on the Doorstep

This line, from the song “American Pie” by Don McLean , instantly popped into my head when I sat down to read the morning papers on Monday, December 5, 2016. A Google search for “Bad News on the Doorstep” will … Continue reading

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Profitability and Progress: Capitalism’s Achilles Heel

“Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-first Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy,” the latest book by Robert W. McChesney, the Gutsgell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, is a must read … Continue reading

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Laffer-Curve Ideation: No Laughing Matter

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)   Arthur Laffer and his Curve (Photo Credit:  United Press International) It is instructive that Bush the Elder derided Reaganomics with the label “Voodoo economics” during the 1980 Republican presidential primary season.  Bush correctly saw as … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman’s Failure of Nerve

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Such a promising beginning.  In his March 8 column, “Ignorance is Strength“, Paul Krugman points his sharp editorial finger at the elephant in the room of our culture.  If American Exceptionalism means anything, he argues, that … Continue reading

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Of Nuts and Sluts; no Ifs, Ands or Buts

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I am not ashamed to admit that, after more than a half century of close study, I don’t understand women.  This conclusion became impossible to deny after the last few weeks of unrelenting misogyny from self-identified … Continue reading

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And God’s Choice For President Is . . . .

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Which candidate does the creator and ruler of the universe want as president?  As has been noted elsewhere, at least five of the Republican presidential hopefuls have each claimed that a universal creator/ruler they all call … Continue reading

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Are You A Good Witch Or A Bad Witch?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) This past week has had the distinct whiff of 1692 Salem about it.  Add together the Republican leadership’s firm contraception-is-bad stance, Rick Santorum’s increasingly publicized misogynistic rhetoric and the Virginia legislature’s punitive implementation of its misogyny and … Continue reading

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The Divided States of Christian America?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) 2001 was a bad year.  For almost all of us, for the obvious reason: the 9/11 attacks.  For many of us, because of the frightened and deeply counter-patriotic legislative reaction to those attacks: the Uniting and Strengthening America … Continue reading

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A Contempory Christmas Carol, Part 2

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) “Ghost of the Future,” he exclaimed, “I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to … Continue reading

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Sex and Religion Abuse: Personhood?! You wouldn’t recognize a person if she kneed you in the groin.

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The sad news out of Mississippi, on this Carl Sagan Day, is that more than 40% of the voters there thought it made sense to give a fertilized human egg, a zygote, the status … Continue reading

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Culture Wars: Fear the People

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) “So,” asks Martin Bashir of Chris Matthews today (November 2) during a teaser segment for “Hardball”, discussing Herman Cain’s latest duck-and-cover response to reporters’ questions about his growing sex scandal, “So is it hip … Continue reading

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