Summary: The most difficult problems for a society are those that we cannot bring ourselves to discuss. For America, that's the high crime rate of African-Americans. We either ignore it or respond with police and prisons, different ways to close our eyes. We have tried both "solutions"; both have failed. At some point we have … Continue reading America’s unspeakable problem: African-American’s crime rates
Summary: This brilliant analysis of Audi's advertisement in the Superbowl reminds us that class is the unspeakable but dominant force in American society. Black men don't have "male privilege" while rotting in prison from unjust convictions for rape. White coal miners don't have "white privilege" while coughing their lives away with Black Lung. Neither Left … Continue reading Audi’s Superbowl advert reminds us that class is boss in America
Summary: Mainlining fascism - and heroin - have become fashionable in America. Trump has given little evidence of being a fascist, but his campaign has emboldened them. The Right's extremists were expelled from mainstream conservatism in the early 1960's. Let's hope they come to their senses and do so again -- or that the rest of us … Continue reading America is mainlining fascism. It won’t end well for us.
Summary: As we start a New Year and end this series about resolutions, here is a summary of American politics as I see them. It points the way to reform and a better future, if we are willing to pay the price. Time has disproved most of Marx’s economics, but it has validated much … Continue reading A picture of America, showing a path to political reform
Summary: Make 2017 a big year in American history, the year its engines of reform roared into action. Here are some suggestions about ways you can help. “Nietzsche said the newspaper had replaced the prayer in the life of the modern bourgeois, meaning that the busy, the cheap, the ephemeral, had usurped all that remained … Continue reading Resolve to begin the reform of America in 2017!
We begin 2017 as a nation governed by fear. Campaign 2016 proved this, as both candidates appealed primarily to our fears. I believe we have become fearful because we have forgotten who we are. American is different, like Athens more than our neighbors, as explained in this excerpt from Allan Bloom's Closing of the American Mind (it should … Continue reading A New Year’s resolution for America
Summary: Sometime during the past few generations we lost our traditional confidence in ourselves. Fear replaced it. It makes us weak and easy to manipulate. Fortunately our fears are exaggerated, and our history gives us reason for confidence. Let's shed our fears to make a great 2017! Climate change, peak oil, 4GW, social decay, ecological collapse, … Continue reading This New Year, let’s resolve to face the future with care, not fear