Category Archives: US Political Conflict

All postings that relate to current Economic Crisis and the OWS movement

Amazing Prescience from Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

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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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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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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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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) on Life Without the State

“Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall … Continue reading

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Aristotle on Inequality

“The best constitution is one controlled by a numerous middle class which stands between the rich and the poor. For those who possess the goods of fortune in moderation find it “easiest to obey the rule of reason” (Politics IV.11.1295b4–6). … Continue reading

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Nothing Wrong with Changing Your Mind: Margaret Heffernan

Great piece in today’s UK Financial Times on the value of changing your mind. I try to do it all the time and this blog is all about some ways to do that. There is nothing wrong with changing your … Continue reading

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Climate Change Pessimism: Helpful or Harmful?

There is some debate in climate change circles as to whether there is too much pessimism on the subject and whether this is or is not helpful. My dark riff: I am always reminded of the Hungarian Jews. They had … Continue reading

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Democrat Weak on Push Back Strategy

It’s always funny to me as a sometime historian, how short memories are. We are investigating or have been the last three years the actions of a Republican President that seem to me to amount to treason: involving foreign powers … Continue reading

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Unsettling Precedents for Today’s World: Martin Wolf

Deep piece from Martin Wolf in the Financial Times. I doubt the Dems get this any better than the GOP, sadly: “Unsettling precedents for today’s world Events evoke not the 1930s but the period before the first world war MARTIN … Continue reading

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