April is finally behind us, but I feel safe in saying that Americans all over the country are probably still grumbling about their income taxes. On April 15th, I started googling information about the history of income tax in this country, with the intention of writing a blog. I am just now writing it, but I […]
Whew! I finally finished another book by an economist — challenging reading for this literature scholar — but fascinating, none the less. Sixteen years ago in “The Future of Success”, Robert Reich predicted much of the economic reality that we are now experiencing.
Early in the book, Reich compares the Industrial Revolution of the past to our present Technological Revolution. Although this is […]
My father used to say that nothing is ever accomplished without extremists. While there is some truth in that statement, I wonder how he would feel if he was alive today. Although it is true that some of our most influential thinkers, like Albert Einstein or Martin Luther or his namesake Martin Luther King Jr., have obsessed on […]
Politics has often been called “the art of the possible.” Most experienced political leaders recognize the necessity for compromise if you are ever going to accomplish anything in the political arena. Good leaders know that they must balance the needs and concerns of many different kinds of people if they are going to achieve the […]
I am a political independent because the present Democratic and Republican agendas force me to choose between a number of issues that I consider equally important. In future blogs I will address some of these issues in more detail, but for the present, some of them are:
I am concerned about both the threat from radical […]
I already wrote one blog comparing Divine Intervention to a GPS. But now that I actually use my GPS a great deal more than I did at the time, the analogy seems worth mentioning again. Free will and predestination seem like contradictory ideas. But in my own life, I have experienced spiritual growth and direction in […]
In a time when hysterical special interest groups rule the day, it seems that the candidate who screams the loudest and villifies the opponent the most, gets the attention of the press and wins support on social media. We are threatened by a Fascist mentality on the one hand, and a Marxist mentality on the […]
As Thanksgiving approaches, I feel especially thankful for bookstores and libraries. In a world more and more controlled by the internet, it is reassuring to know that we can still read a book that is not selected and possibly abridged or edited for us by computer programmers.
Real independence of thought can only be maintained […]
During the Democratic Presidential debates, Hillary Clinton, jokingly perhaps, referred to Republicans as her enemies. Later, Joe Biden, announcing and explaining his decision not to run for the Democratic nomination, said that Republicans were not enemies, but opponents. In these times when political acrimony is so intense that our legislators have trouble getting anything accomplished, it […]
It has been said that “there is nothing new under the sun.” This old aphorism rang true for me when I recently read The Affluent Society, by John Kenneth Galbraith. Published in 1958, this classic of economic philosophy which influenced Presidents and lesser luminaries, articulated much of what I have deduced for myself about politics and […]