Author Archives: Robert Tighe

Customary Collapse

As I began writing this, in late September, 2020, I have just finished viewing the installation of the casket of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the statuary hall in the United States Capitol building. There were distinctive featuresin this ceremony; for … Continue reading

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Mumblecore Reviewed

“How now, brown cow.” That phrase may not be as well-known as “the rain in Spain,” but it was a cliché of actor training decades ago. It may still be a standard practice, as far as I know, but for … Continue reading

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Individual Myth

For decades now we as a society have been following the social preferences of what Lynn Parramore, in an October 26, 2019 episode of Evonomics, called homo economicus, the supposedly rational human for whom the highest and best path for … Continue reading

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Defund What?

Proposals to “Defund the Police” are trending as I write this, spurred on by the deaths of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor, among others. But the defund movement has a much longer history in the United States, with serious arguments … Continue reading

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Police Disruption 2

I prefaced my first post on this subject by noting that I have been a participant in many protests in my adult life. The causes have differed widely, including opposition to various wars, support for civil rights, rejection of pipelines, … Continue reading

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Police Disruption 1

I have been a participant in many protests in my adult life. The causes have differed widely, including opposition to various wars, support for civil rights, rejection of pipelines, and dissent against the election of a sexist and racist president. … Continue reading

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Monumental Virus

In Oakland, California, where I spent the first eighteen years of my life, I was aware of several major landmarks. All of these are within a mile of the downtown and city hall, and but one of them I visited … Continue reading

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Economic Shift?

You may be forgiven if you aren’t aware of it, but in August of 2019, there was a major shift in emphasis in modern economic philosophy. For one, the event wasn’t much reported in any of the mainstream news media. … Continue reading

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COVID Commerce

The economy is global. That is nothing new. European colonial leaders rarely recognized it in public statements, but for most of the past two centuries their national prosperity was dependent on countries thousands of miles away, dependent on the cheap … Continue reading

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Varsity Blues

Currently working its way through the courts in the United States are the various cases connected under what has been nicknamed Operation Varsity Blues. This investigation became public in March of 2019 and involves 53 people who used bribery and … Continue reading

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