Nicely said, by Nick Gillespie in article #2 below: 'There is a looming showdown in American society between public-sector employees and the rest of us, in terms of job security and, especially, unsustainable gold-plated retirement and health benefits that are working hard to bankrupt whole states." The massive underfunding of public pension systems results -- … Continue reading About the coming crisis in public pensions
Our elites tolerate the republic, as it provides a stable political regime without limiting their ability to amass wealth and power (for details see "Wealth, Income, and Power" by G. William Domhoff). Thomas Friedman explains how this works in "Our One-Party Democracy", op-ed in the New York Times, 8 September 2009. His logic is bizarre but … Continue reading Tom Friedman provides a window to the thinking of our ruling elites
It is something new, I believe, that so many Americans approve of torture by our government. Perhaps this is another result of the horrific mixture of hubris and paranoia (described in America’s Most Dangerous Enemy) that has come to dominate our culture. It so, I believe it a symptom of a serious illness afflicting our society. … Continue reading So many Americans approve of torture; what does this tell us about America?