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My immediate reaction to the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, several days after the event (I don’t have a TV, nor do I want one), was amazement at the amount of military force deployed to capture two individuals. I waited, patiently, for a response from more thoughtful individuals and sure enough, […]

The Heights of Hypocrisy

I read in USA Today that President Obama is going to use the Bibles of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. to swear on when he is inaugurated tomorrow. I wonder how much money the MLK foundation received for the use of the Bible. Obama is such an incredible hypocrite – how he can […]

Thoughts on Individuality and Guns

After some reflection, it occurred to me that there might be some “holes” in Mark Ames’ arguments that needed to be addressed.  He seems to be making the argument that it is in the best interests of the ruling elite to have the serfs arguing amongst themselves while the elites run off with all of […]

Another Take on Newtown

I actually found this piece before the one that I posted portions of in my last post, but now that I’ve read Mark Ames’ essay and re-read this one, I see that this one is tightly related to Ames’ piece.  How are they related?  Here, read this excerpt: “This points us to a set of […]

Guns and Politics

I haven’t posted since December 4th of last year for several reasons.  The first is that I got a new Mac mini on December 16 and it took me three weeks to get most of the bugs worked out so that it was useable.  I’ll not buy another Apple product, that much I can tell […]

Positive Deviance

As part of my on-going re-invention project, I’ve unsubscribed from a long list of political newsletters. I’m so, so tired of The Daily Atrocity. I’m so, so tired of the negativity, hatred, and finger-pointing. So I made those e-mails go away and have started subscribing to sites like The Daily Good and John Robb’s newsletter, […]

Well, now …

I subscribe to a few blogs that explore ideas, rather than engaging in political rants – I got rid of almost all of those a few weeks back. One of them, Systemic Disorder, has some really interesting posts. The other, Ian Welsh, tends more towards political rants, but there are some commenters there who offer […]

Right Wing Authoritarians

Like most people these days, I don’t read as many blogs as I used to. But I still read some that I think are important. One of those is Ian Welsh’s blog – www.ianwelsh.net. One of his posts, on the famous Milgram experiments, led me to pick up and read, again, Robert Altemeyer’s The Authoritarian […]

Albert Einstein on Capitalism & Socialism

From an article published in the first issue of Monthly Review, in May, 1949, entitled, Why Socialism?, by Albert Einstein. Yes, that Albert Einstein. “Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of […]

The Occupy Movement and Eugene V. Debs

I cast my first vote in a presidential election for George McGovern. For three decades afterwards, I was a reliable and strong supporter of the Democratic Party. That support started to waver in 2004, when I voted for change and didn’t get it. I voted for change in 2006 and didn’t get it. I voted […]