Category Archives: Politics

Fear and Hoping

In last month’s post (on this same topic) I noted that many of the emotions of envy and fear and hatred displayed by modern conservatives are common human reactions to situations which seem unfair. I noted that I had experienced … Continue reading

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Envy, Fear, Hate

Envy and self-pity, and the negative feelings that result from them, are normal human emotions. Envy and self-pity are also often connected, not only in the sense that they can arise from the same life experiences, but because they tend … Continue reading

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Health Trumped

Chrissie couldn’t believe what she had just been told. She was at the extended-care home and had just finished visiting her mother, something she tried to do for at least two hours at least two times a week. Not that … Continue reading

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The Plutocrats Strike Back

During his campaign in 2016, Donald Trump made an effort to reach out to the Black community, repeating the phrase, “What have you got to lose?” It was clear to many of us—including 90-some percent of that community—that we in … Continue reading

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Filibuster Bust

Is the filibuster dead? Was last week’s Senate move “unprecedented”? Was it “unthinkable”? Did it ever deserve the hyperbolic appellation “nuclear option”? Did the media overreach when they used such language? The event was certainly significant in its effects, but … Continue reading

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Base Psychology

A while back, during a dinner out with friends, the subject of Lawrence Kohlberg came up. Now, you must understand that this is a group of education professionals. These are teachers (mostly retired) who have spent an average of more … Continue reading

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Biz Prez?

“Run government like a business.” That has been the mantra of conservatives for decades. We have been told, over and over again, that the private realm is much more efficient then the public world, and that in order to eliminate … Continue reading

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Trickle-Down Freedom

Reality has a way of making hash out of many promising and popular theories. Or perhaps I should say many hypotheses, given that a theory is properly understood to be a more robust explanation about the way things work. A … Continue reading

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What, vote?

Another presidential election has passed, and once again the pundits are scrambling to interpret the results. This time they seem a bit more disoriented than normal, largely because the pre-election pollsters all predicted the wrong results. They have managed to … Continue reading

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Trump’s Last Grasp

We are in the middle of a nationwide teaching moment, an opportunity to improve the way we relate to people who are different from ourselves. We have had several of these in the past decade and progress has been made, … Continue reading

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