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Understanding the Rising Populist Right

Paul Krugman recently wrote a column expressing befuddlement regarding non-xenophobic reasons for the surge in support for Trump from mostly rural whites.  This is just a continuation of the liberal self-scrutiny after Clinton lost that follows from what I call … Continue reading

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Racism is a Tool of the Oligarchs

As many have pointed out, this election and recent political events in Europe highlight just how strong a force racism and xenophobia still are in the modern developed world.  What seems to go unremarked upon is how this is a … Continue reading

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The Ends Justify the Means on Weekends and Holidays and… Always…

I was reading my favorite socialist blogger when I came across an article that I pretty fervently disagree with.  It is on the “theory of second best” and its application outside of economics and policy.  The idea is that because … Continue reading

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Consequences of the Relativity of Happiness

A recent blog post from one of my favorites, Stumbling and Mumbling, ponders the question of whether improving happiness could be reflected in GDP growth.  I have no issues with his argument, but a particular quote caught my eye. “workplaces with … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need New Ideas

Ezra Klein thinks the Democrats need new ideas.  This is of course BS.  I outlined the problems facing the U.S.A. in a previous post.  Democrats have good ideas for tackling all of them.  The issue is not ideas, it’s implementing … Continue reading

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The Most Pressing Issues Facing the U.S.A.

With an exasperating mid-term election behind us I thought it would be a good idea to look at all the issues facing the nation that will be completely ignored for the next two years at least. 1.  Income Inequality/Economy – … Continue reading

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Superhero Morality is Super Wrong

I have been reading a lot of superhero comics lately, in particular Superman.  Now the best Superman stories rarely involve him pounding on an enemy because lets face it, he is Superman and rarely outmatched.  Rather, it’s some kind of … Continue reading

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