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Religious Wrongs

Be careful what you wish for. This warning is a popular idiom and cliché, in this case one not attributed to Shakespeare or Aesop or any Greek philosopher, but one that is useful as a cautionary reminder. We should all … Continue reading

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Commons Problems

If you want to talk about the environment or natural resources or about publicly available information or even privately held resources that are widely shared, you should recognize a concept that describes a well-researched and widely recognized problem. One of … Continue reading

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Poor Connections

In interviews and campaign press releases, Republican leaders like to brag about their humble beginnings and how much they care about people who are suffering financially. This has been a common GOP strategy at least as far back as the … 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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Never-ending Keynes

We should all remember the name John Maynard Keynes, born this month, on June 5th, 1883. If this name is not familiar to you, it probably should be. You should also know, in general terms, what the term “Keynesian economics” … 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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Gilded Age II

I often read historical accounts of the Gilded Age, that half-century of rapid industrial growth and massive concentration of wealth that followed the end of the Civil War in the United States. Between 1870 and 1920 there were several significant … Continue reading

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Merry Whatever!

It’s amazing what things have come to in the last few years. Recently I walked into a store to do some Christmas shopping and was greeted by an employee who wished me a Merry Christmas before he asked me how … Continue reading

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