Gorillas In Our Midst
Our society is being overrun by gorillas. We are not referring to the literal animal such as the ones in a zoo but by the kind from the movie, "The Planet of the Apes." Our gorillas are the aggressive ones who seek to dominate. They rule our public sector and freely roam throughout parts of our private sector such as in our financial institutions. And our only hope is to outnumber and outlast them.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013(10 comments)
What Should We Do With The 1%?
Instead of vilifying the 1%, the Occupy Movement needs to help them see the financial and social harm they do to others. By doing so, we might win a few over to the cause of the Occupy Movement as well as show, through those who don't change, how some of them want does not belong to them.
Monday, January 21, 2013(7 comments)
The decision not to prosecute HSBC officials for their crimes is proof positive that if one has enough money, one has immunity from the law. Therefore, that we have groups of people who are no longer under the same laws as the rest is proof positive that we are no longer under the rule of law. Finally, if the rest of us tolerate this, we will be just as guilty as those with this immunity.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Reflections On The Occupy Movement For 2013
Though the Occupy Movement is not grabbing the headlines it use to, it is alive and well though some think otherwise. Those who are disappointed because of the dropoff in participation need to persevere in what the Occupy Movement is doing and saying. In addition, we need to treat the "1%" as opponents to win over than enemies to conquer.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
A New Year's Resolution For Survival
What is needed to for the human race to survive is a New Year's resolution that forsakes blind loyalty to any of the groups we belong to. That is because what most threatens our existence is the combination of an ever-advancing and accessible technology and tribalism.
Thursday, October 25, 2012(6 comments)
There Is More Than One Way To Resist The Status Quo
One can resist the status quo without engaging in civil disobedience. Just by replacing society's conventions that contribute to the abuse of others with our own individual practices, we can disrupt the exploitation of others which our way of life depends on.
Friday, August 24, 2012(2 comments)
Will Our Apathy Make Russia Our Future
How the Russian punk rock group p*ssy Riot is protesting is not the issue. What they are protesting is. And the conditions they find abhorrent could occur here if we remain apathetic.
Thursday, August 16, 2012(3 comments)
Paul Ryan Does A 360 Degree About-Face On Ayn Rand
Paul Ryan has recently been distancing himself from Ayn Rand and has thus pulled a flip-flop since he use to be a big fan. However, when one examines Ryan's views, not only has he not changed his mind on Ayn Rand, his views on her are insignificant the policies he is advancing.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Just as Society many Blacks use to feel that they were powerless before Whites, our current system is trying to make Americans feel that they are powerless before the government and those who pay for that government.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
We Are Dehumanizing Society
We are in the process of dulling people's sense of what it means to be human. We are losing touch with our feelings and losing our freedom because our uncritical acceptance of technology, the rules of business, and authoritarianism. And we will hurt our future if we don't change.
Sunday, May 27, 2012(2 comments)
The Boy Who Cried War With Iran
It could be that the rumors of an upcoming war with Iran are merely a ruse to divert people's attention from our real threats. Regardless, the same people benefit from this ruse as would from an actual war.
Friday, May 18, 2012(40 comments)
Who Will Rescue Us From Post 9-11 Thinking?
Noting that starting with George W. Bush's presidency, our government continues to reach for more power. This quest, along with its acceptance by the American people, is based on Bush's analysis of the 9-11 attacks. To stop the government's power grab, we must readdress this analysis and reeducate our fellow Americans as to why we were attacked.
Saturday, May 12, 2012(3 comments)
Voting For BarMitt RomBama
A review of a Bush-Obama presidencies tell us that if Romney is like Bush, whom he has not distanced himself from, then voting for Romney will be much like voting for Obama.
Friday, May 11, 2012(1 comments)
How Candidates Are Like Harlots
There are similarities between the story of the harlot and her prey in Proverbs 7 with today's political candidates and the American voter.
Saturday, February 18, 2012(5 comments)
Though we will be able to choose between Presidential candidates this November, we will not be able to vote against a greed driven economy. This is despite the consequences of living selfishly. Our only choice is to join the resistance.
OWS Is Both Footloose And Noah's Arc
OccupyWallStreet's contribution to our lives is that it provides an inspiration and example of a different way of being together. Their example is not just an exercise in freedom, it may be the only way to save us from the coming doom of our present system.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011(1 comments)
Between a High Debt and a Hard Place
At best, the current debt ceiling resolution does nothing more than prolong our financial demise. The only way to reverse course is through changing our tax structure.
Friday, August 5, 2011(2 comments)
Hedges' Choice Of Words Is Unfortunate
While Hedges' charges that Fundamentalism in America, particularly Christian Fundamentalism, true, though having merit, is wrong. Exceptionalism is what Hedges is really writing against and we need to distinguish between the two.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Despite all of the attraction that being a caring person has, it can be hazardous to your life.
Sunday, May 15, 2011(20 comments)
Where Is The Beef Against Socialism?
Since what Conservatives object to the most in Socialism is its image, we might do better to continue to bring up Socialistic issues and beliefs without bringing up the label.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
America's Socialists Need New Symbols
America's Socialists need to come up with new symbols and emblems for Socialism so that we can distinguish what we believe in from both actual and pretend forms of Socialism. To not do so will only hinder our cause
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Obama Will Unite The Left Against His No-Fly Zone
Although some from the Left currently agree with Obama's no-fly zone, as time goes on and Obama strays from his no-fly zone, more of those on the Left will line up to oppose this new Obama policy.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Informed Student Activists Are Needed
Student activists will soon lobby their representatives for increased funding. But unless they do so with the big picture in mind, they will only end up in a competition with others who are in need for state funds.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
State Budgets And The Frog
Pennsylvania's Governor Corbett avoided the mistake made by Wisconsin's Governor Walker by not attacking unions and collective bargaining. Thus, the protests have yet to occur. Will Pennsylvanians wake up from their slumber before it is too late.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
America Needs A N.A.P.
It is time that all Americans protest the coming austerity cuts. It is not enough to just insist on collective bargaining. Rather, we must oppose the coming cuts in spending as well as undo the conditions that are causing the states deficits.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Sun Is Rising In The East, Again
Much inspiration can come from the pro-democracy/anti-government protests in Egypt but only if we stand in solidarity with them and at least partially imitate what they are doing. But considering our penchant for comfort and ease, we have a lot of work to do just to get started.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
A Tale Of Two Mass Murders
The different ways in which we react to murder such as the mass murder committed by Jared Loughner and that committed by our military as shown in the video "Collateral Murder" sends mixed messages about the value of human life to both the healthy and unhealthy in our society.
A Tale Of Two 9-11 Protests
The rally supporting the building of the "Ground Zero Mosque" spoke against bigotry while the protest against it emphasized the need to stop what they consider to be evil.
Thursday, August 19, 2010(2 comments)
Why Opposing The Ground Zero Mosque Is UnAmerican
The Conservatives object to the building of the Ground Zero Mosque because it shows both an insensitivity to New Yorkers and the 9-11 victims' families and a sign of domination. But such objections become suspect when the building of this Mosque is compared with American acts of insensitivity and domination.
The Paths To Middle East Peace Lie In America's Past
If America's past is an accurate predictor, peace will come to the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When we use America's history as a guide, there are two ways by which this peace will come. It will come either through the way America achieved peace with its indigenous population or through the promotion and practice of equality.
How Government Is Like Love
By comparing the relationship between a government and its people with the relationship between two lovers, not only do we get a better idea of how the government should treat its people, we realize that we have committed ourselves to an insane relationship by enable our government to cheat on us.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010(11 comments)
Eenie Meenie, Chili Beanie, The Founding Fathers Are About To Speak
When conservatives use the Founding Fathers to dictate the direction of our country, they use their idealized picture of the Founding Fathers to bolster their own authority. In addition, using the Founding Fathers to define what it means to be American takes away Americans' freedoms.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Road To A Corporate Republic: Are We There Yet Part 2
Corporations not only control our government, they control us. They do so by making us dependent on them for almost everything we need. As a result, the general public has neither the ability nor the willingness to break away and become free from its influence.
What And What Not To Say To A Marine
What we should and should not say to those in the Marines and in any other branch of the military should mix respect for their position and intentions with a challenge not to be used as hired guns.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009(2 comments)
Another Army-Navy Game, Another Perspective
The Army-Navy football game has become a showcase of both athletics and, unfortunately, blind obedience to authority. Considering our current wars, perhaps it is time to rethink our actions and values
Friday, November 27, 2009
Blinded By The Blind Side
Despite its good qualities, the movie "The Blind Side" reinforces attitudes and belief in a system that oppresses people with poverty.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Will America Have the Courage to Do ...
The world should consider responding to the U.S. as it is currently responding to Israel. That is as parts of the world are participating in boycotts and other actions against Israel, the same should done to America for its complicity in Israel's crimes as well as its own crimes.
Saturday, October 31, 2009(2 comments)
Is Health Care A Right, Privilege, Or A Barometer?
Asking if health care is a right or a privilege might be asking the wrong question to a democratic society. Rather, we should ask what our health care system says about how our society values human life.
Saturday, October 10, 2009(2 comments)
Obama's Prize Is Bush's Fault
Obama's award jut might be due to the fact that he is not George Bush than because of his work to establish peace. That is because, to be truthful, Obama has not been working for peace.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
On Health Care, War, And Football
The goal post used in football well illustrates how we the people are guided into hold acceptable those diverse views. What is an acceptable view depends on who benefits.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
How Do You Solve A Problem Like North Korea?
Currently, North Korea has been issuing threats to its neighbors and the US. With its nuclear capability, we are stuck between having to respond and being careful not to start a regional war. How we solve this problem, regardless of any immediate success, will help determine whether our future will contain sequels of North Korea.
Monday, July 13, 2009(2 comments)
A Few Good Problems With Conservative Values
Conservatives pride themselves on their values. The core values that define Conservatives often show problems for the typical American and especially the American Conservative Christian.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Did Von Brunn Kill Out Of Hate Or For Loyalty?
Certainly, James Von Brunn killed because he hated others. But was loyalty to his group, his race, also a motivation for his actions? And if so, do we join in his sin when we advocate killing for our group even when our most significant group is not our race, but our nation?
The Prognosis For Change Under Obama
In determining whether we will experience change from Obama, two criteria stood out: American Exceptionalism and domestic financial paternalism. If there is no change in either, then whatever change Obama does bring is merely a change of facade rather than a renovation of the building.
Will The Real Palestinian Solution Please Stand Up
A number of proposals have been made provide a solution for the Palestinian Question. Unfortunately, these proposals do not include the necessary ingredient of equality without which there will be a never ending conflict.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Save Money, Live Better, or Die
The tragic trampling death of a Wal-Mart employee on Black Friday might be just an extreme example of an evil that we call "The American Dream."
Wednesday, November 19, 2008(2 comments)
Will The Peace Movement Survive Obama Or Will We Perish?
The Peace Movement has lost many participants to those campaigning for the Democratic Party. The question becomes what will happen now that the Democrats have won? Regardless of what these Democrats do, for the Peace Movement to succeed, it must rely on the principles provided by past leaders like King and Gandhi.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Random Thoughts On A Vague Election
From the candidates' refusal to answer questions to the voters' refusal to fully examine the candidates, we are being led to place our hopes in another election.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008(2 comments)
The First Debate Was Just More Of The Same
Unfortunately, all we saw in a debate between two candidates who are promising change was more of the same. This more of the same could especially be seen in the messages of the candidates.
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Golden Rule And The New And More Ominous Missile Crisis
Because the US is threatening Russia primarily by arranging for missile interceptors to be placed in former Soviet Bloc nations and secondarily by moving NATO east, Russia is making dangerous threats and acting like a cornered animal. The Golden Rule provides one way out of a deadly future that will come if we continue on our present course.
Are Massive War Protests Gone With The Wind?
Another protest against the war, another disappointingly small crowd. Certainly there are reasons why fewer are protesting the war. But with those reasons comes lost opportunities.