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Galloping towards the Apocalypse
Is the USA headed for the breakdown of civil society? The evidence is pointing that way. Almost half the population is deranged, living in fantasy world of conspiracy theories. The Left is divided. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fall makes the problem much worse. The conservative Supreme Court may prevent Dems from investigating Trump or from stopping him from firing Mueller.
Socialism, even democratic socialism, is quite different from progressivism
Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez call themselves democratic socialists, but lots of experts agree that they they are just social democrats. Democratic socialists want public ownership of the means of production. Social democrats are OK with private ownership as long as it's well taxed well regulated and well balanced by an ample safety net. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez should be less sloppy in their choice of words.
Sunday, July 15, 2018(2 comments)
Fake news about "global cooling"
Right wing websites have been promoting a deceptive headline about alleged "global cooling" since 2016. The explanation is that 2016 was the hottest year on record.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Donald Trump dreams of a "white" Christmas
I'm dreaming of a "white" Christmas
With every Fascist I appoint
Where we fill the prisons
And people listen to skinheads marching in the streets.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with every stupid tweet I write.
May my policies help the wealthy and the white
And may there be no Latinos or Muslims in my sight.
Thursday, October 26, 2017(10 comments)
Was the Noble Savage noble? Or savage?
There has been a debate in the press recently about whether the state (nation) is fundamentally a source of exploitation and war, or whether it's a source civilizing influence on humans' natural brutal nature. The debate has echoes of Thomas Hobbes and Renee Descartes, as well as echos of FDR versus the Koch brothers.
In short, is the Noble Savage noble or savage?
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Review of Martin Nowak's Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed
How can cooperation emerge in a world of selfish individuals ruled by Darwinian competition for survival?
This is the question that Martin Nowak, Professor of Mathematics and Biology at Harvard University, discusses in Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed.
Nowak say, "I propose that 'natural cooperation' be included as a fundamental principle to bolster those laid down by Darwin."
Saturday, July 15, 2017(19 comments)
Review of Matt Ridley's Evolution of Everything
A review of Matt Ridley's "Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge." Ridley's book is an imbalanced, libertarian attack on government, regulation, environmentalism, public education, and taxation.
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Friday, February 3, 2017(27 comments)
Hillary was swift-boated: Blame the GOP Propaganda Machine
The most striking and scary thing about the 2016 election was that a candidate as bad as Donald Trump could win. How could that happen? Yes, Hillary and the Democrats made policy and tactical errors that suppressed turnout and allowed Trump to pursue his populist playbook, but the main cause of GOP victories is the formidable propaganda machine of the Republican Party. Almost half the country live in an alternate reality.
Thursday, November 10, 2016(3 comments)
Obama and other reasons for the election debacle
As leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama bears a large proportion of responsibility for the election debacle. Though he saved the economy, he sold out to Wall Street and the Pentagon, and he allowed the GOP to set the agenda and blame Democrats for the decline of the middle class.
Thursday, April 21, 2016(3 comments)
The Revolution will not be pleasant
Millions of young, motivated progressives are participating in Democratic Party primaries, caucuses and meetings, thanks to the leadership of Bernie Sanders. But many hard-core leftists (Socialists and Anarchists) still insist on fleeing from the Democratic Party. What are they afraid of? Dealing with unpleasant corporate Democrats? Majority rule? A little hierarchy?
Is Sanders' democratic socialism compatible with capitalism?
Bernie Sanders has said that he's a democratic socialist and that he's not a (casino) capitalist. And he lists Scandinavian countries as models that the U.S. should emulate. But Scandinavian countries have private wealth and corporations. Does Sanders support capitalism as long as it's regulated? Or does he want to do away with private ownership unless the owners are worker cooperatives?
Tuesday, May 12, 2015(3 comments)
How President Obama and his supporters damaged the Democratic Party
In 2008 I donated hundreds of dollars and many hours to the campaign of candidate Barack Obama. When he won on Nov. 4, 2008, I texted "Happy day!" to my brother. Within a year I had sorely regretted my support for Obama. I wrote articles, submitted resolutions, and advocated for accountability, to save the Democratic Party from looming catastrophe. In this article I collect evidence showing how Obama betrayed his party.
Look who doesn't pay their fair share
An analysis of publicly available, aggregated income and tax data from the IRS shows that residents of rich zipcodes manage to avoid progressive taxation. They pay little or no more in taxes, as a proportion of income, than many poorer zipcodes.