Category Archives: History

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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The Iraq War – Worth It? To Whom?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division rejoice in the convoy staging area before departing Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, Dec. 17, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. (MSNBC PhotoBlog) The last U.S. … Continue reading

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Time Running Out

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) (Johnny B’s Hiking and Photo Blog) More and more we hear people arguing that we’re running out of time.  It’s not just because December 12, 2012 is just around the corner, nor is it … 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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History

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The Iraq War – Worth It? To Whom?:  As U.S. combat troops leave Iraq at the end of 2011, a sobering assessment of the harmfulness and pointlessness of war. Time Running Out: An exploration … Continue reading

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The American Bad Dream – (1) Dark Clouds

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) In a little more than a year, Skip and I will be traveling to eastern South Dakota for our high school’s fiftieth reunion.  That it’s been an entire half-century since high school graduation is … Continue reading

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The American Bad Dream – (2) MAD and Madness

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Throughout the mid- to late-1980s, nuclear weapons and the threat of a nuclear war were engrossing issues in the media and in society.  Many Americans reacted in disbelief when plans were publicly released for the … Continue reading

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The American Bad Dream – (3) A Profitable Business

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) During the Reagan Administration, the United States continued to spend billions on developing and manufacturing nuclear weapons and potential missile defense systems.  Ironically, shortly after Reagan had refused to discontinue the SDI program in disarmament … Continue reading

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The American Bad Dream – (4) The New Agenda

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about was bigger at the time, he told us, than all domestic corporations combined, and it was already quite powerful.  Less than four years after his farewell … Continue reading

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The American Bad Dream – (5) The Concentration of Wealth

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The corporate plan has worked well so far.  As well-documented elsewhere, and to be discussed in more detail on this site, today the wealthiest 1% of Americans now possesses nearly 40% of all wealth, and most of the investment … Continue reading

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The American Bad Dream – (6) The Eve of Destruction

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) As the rich get richer, their share of the national income grows, and they gain more and more control of government and of what all that borrowed money paid for, at some point it becomes essentially … Continue reading

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An Unwritten History – (1) The Awakening

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)             What you will read about here can be found in a growing number of books and articles, in movies, in internet conversations of thousands of Americans, and in the minds of millions more.  It’s … Continue reading

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An Unwritten History – (2) The Big Picture

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)           Over the last thirty years, a sweeping change has been occurring in the United States, resulting in the current crisis.  The United States now teeters on the brink of economic and social disaster, … Continue reading

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An Unwritten History – (3) The Insecurity Myth and American Imperialism

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)             After World War II, the United States had a huge military-industrial complex and a new control over the future of the defeated fascist states.  There would be no return to the relative isolationism … Continue reading

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An Unwritten History – (4) Breaching the Social Contract

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)           Most Americans understand very little about economics, and are easily misled into believing they live in a “free market” economy which benefits them, and into believing that alternatives, like “communism” and “socialism” will … Continue reading

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