Daily Archives: January 27, 2020

Arguing with Friends of Friends on Facebook: Ad Hominems and All

I have these arguments with friends of friends (FoF) on FB. My friends know better. 🙂 I post a typical fairly pessimistic political comment with say three points and some evidence/argument for each. This is what I think is going … Continue reading

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Beating Trump in 2020 as Per Deng Xiaoping

So roughly to answer a friend’s question how is Trump to be beaten? Assuming the election is close, which in Electoral College terms is likely, then it will be decided by a few hundred thousand voters in Wisc, Michigan, Penn. … Continue reading

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Double Loop Learning: Chris Argyris

I am always fascinated by the failure of businesses, of armies and recently of political parties to learn from their mistakes. Of course they have to admit them first and this requires that they among other things scrutinize their assumptions. … Continue reading

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Debating with a Bernie Sanders Supporter

I had a interesting discussion on line with a Bernie Sanders supporter and this was one of my comments: You miss my point. Sanders could well win the swing voters, but turn off millions of others. And of course voters … Continue reading

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s (1906-1945) Prescient Comments

While awaiting execution in April 1945,  member of the German Resistance to Hitler and religious thinker and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer recorded a number of his thoughts in a work we now know as Letters and Papers from Prison. One of … Continue reading

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The World Today: Populists, Plutocrats, Left Brahmans and the People

The world today: Populists, who solve none of the problems but are great at blaming the Other, immigrants, women, gays and liberals for them while profiting mightily and corruptly The Plutocracy, who use the Populists to divert attention from their … Continue reading

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Clown’s Red Nose

The former Norwegian army peace keeper and mine clearer, who had served all over the Middle East, in Afghanistan and the Sudan conflicts, I had dinner with on Saturday told some amazing stories. One of them was that in the … Continue reading

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