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What infrastructure?

Infrastructure works to normalize behavior, to the point that certain things become relatively invisible and unnoticed. – Christy Pottroff, assistant professor at Boston College. Dollars & Sense, March/April 2021 The American Society of Civic Engineers repeatedly awards our overall national … 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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In Gov We Trust?

As the presidential campaign season gets closer to the first set of primary caucuses and elections, it is becoming increasingly clear that the long-term Republican and conservative strategy, a plan that is more than four decades in the making, has … Continue reading

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Police Modern

Baltimore: Freddie Gray. Ferguson: Michael Brown. Cleveland: Tamir Rice. New York: Eric Garner. The paired names of cities and victims of police violence keep mounting; these four only the most publicized in the past year. Several reports have noted that … Continue reading

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Republicuts and Government Services

The Veterans Administration has long delays for doctor’s appointments. An ambassador and other U.S. personnel are killed in Benghazi. U.S. educational quality is declining. Thousands sicken or die from food contaminated at the plant that processed and packaged it, forcing … Continue reading

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Philosophical Division

President Barack Obama began his second term in office with a series of proposals designed to encourage his own party to action. Of course, with the very same proposals he challenged the Republican leadership to either compromise or get out … Continue reading

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The Second Term Begins

On Monday, January 21st, we saw the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, his first act in his second four-year term. After the speeches and the national anthem and the benediction, most networks—MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC—moved into discussions of … Continue reading

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The Evils of Elections

This week I opened the latest copy of my favorite magazine, The Nation, to find a revival of a classic leftist political argument—the question of the lesser of two evils. It appeared in several letters to the editor in response … Continue reading

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The Romney Tax Plan

Leading up to and immediately following the second presidential debate, which most analysts scored as a win for Obama, the prevailing question in news reports and on the Sunday TV talk shows seemed to be, “Do debates really matter?” Oddly … Continue reading

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Did He Build It?

Every day of the Republican 2012 convention had a theme—you know, one of those profound, metaphorically rich, illustrative, but short, phrases that political campaigns create in order to quickly and repetitively highlight key ideas that differentiate their candidate from the … Continue reading

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