Category Archives: Government in Society

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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“Normalizing” Trump: The Great Escape (From Reality)

I write this post at the end of 2016. Today is New Year’s Eve, and I reflect on surviving my 72nd birthday and another Christmas.  The holidays have been relatively nice, enjoyed with family and friends. There was a fresh … Continue reading

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The Terrifying Truth About Politics

The preceding post began with a little-noticed quotation from Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention: “I believe that our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should.” We saw in … Continue reading

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The Terrifying Truth About Economics

This post, and a follow-up post, are about the extremely dangerous economic and political predicament of the United States in 2016. With regard to our economic situation, the danger of another crash, and a complete collapse into another Great Depression … 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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Ignorance Is Death

The science of economics has failed us. Until I got deeply into my research on the economics of inequality, which has been my passion for the last three years, I did not imagine how badly it has failed us, and … Continue reading

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Inequality and the National Debt

Last night at midnight, the United States government shut down, and my first priority today is to write about it. This post will go beyond everything you’ve been hearing and talking about. Of course it’s insane, in a representative democracy, … Continue reading

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Entitlement, Repression and Class Warfare

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) “Entitlement is multi-generational, but so is working together“ Yesterday was a tough day for me, starting with the morning’s news about the Supreme Court’s decision on the validity of strip searches and continuing with a conversation … 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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Rape, Choice, and the Supernatural War on Women

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)  (Image provided by the “Life Begins at Conception” website) Today in America, women’s control over their reproductive choices, and the availability of related medical services, is under sharp attack.  Restrictive, controlling legislation is advanced by the … Continue reading

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Occupy, Violence, and the Stacked Deck

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) (Image from “Occupy Oakland violence,” November 9, 2011) Every year as the March (Vernal) Equinox  approaches, I feel my energy and enthusiasm levels rise.  Days get longer more quickly until March 20, after which they will … Continue reading

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It’s National Condom Week. Seriously.

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Back in 2008, while I continued to explain how Hillary was out-debating Obama even as the polls showed his increasing edge over her, it gradually dawned on me that he was way savvier than I was.  … 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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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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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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