America’s rising tide of drug overdoses, a symptom of deeper problems

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Summary: America has a drug problem, a symptom some deeper sickness of our minds or souls. Sick people often ignore warnings that would allow them to respond and recover. So it is with nations. It's time for us to ask what is wrong with America. America is among the most drugged major nations in the history … Continue reading America’s rising tide of drug overdoses, a symptom of deeper problems

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Be Proud America! as we watch our babies die

Summary: We'll hear much about American exceptionalism from candidates for President during the next 17 months. Here's a tangible example -- the greater fraction of infants that die in America than in our peers. We know how to fix it; we have the money. We lack only the will. Be proud, America!  {1st of 2 … Continue reading Be Proud America! as we watch our babies die

American Exceptionalism gives us a faith-based public policy. Our confidence might be our weakness.

Summary: We have come to believe we are exceptional, not just morally, but also operationally. We act as if we are beyond the need to plan and prepare for possible problems. It is faith-based public policy. Here we review how we came by this delusional belief, and examine how it plays out on a potentially … Continue reading American Exceptionalism gives us a faith-based public policy. Our confidence might be our weakness.

About American exceptionalism – what it really means

Summary:  As an afterword to the campaign, Marcus Ranum takes a look at American Exceptionalism.  While either false or daft as a doctrine, every presidential candidate had to profess allegiance to it. . But first, let's look at the origin of the phrase "American exceptionalism": The position of the Americans is therefore quite exceptional, and … Continue reading About American exceptionalism – what it really means

Look in the mirror at America and see the world brotherhood

Is this American exceptionalism? From an interesting article in the latest New York Review of Books: {It} might fit something John Dower identifies as a common trait in America, something he translates as “victim consciousness” {in Japanese higaisha ishiki}. What this means is the tendency to focus on the suffering of America, especially at the … Continue reading Look in the mirror at America and see the world brotherhood