How The Last Four Years Should Have Gone

“Objective judgment, now, at this very moment. Unselfish action, now, at this very moment. Willing acceptance-now, at this very moment-of all external events. That’s all you need.” — Marcus Aurelius The only time to act is Now. This is always true. From the moment Donald J. Trump became unfit for office, removal from office should have been the number one priority of every American who cares about our country. [Read More]

Only Labels Persist Through Change

The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. \ — Lao Tzu In 1776, Adam Smith published Wealth Of Nations, which was his analysis of how commerce functioned in his day and age. “Buddhist disciple, or luohan, holding a peach” is licensed under CC0 1.0 In 1848, Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto, which was his analysis of how the masses were exploited by those with economic power. [Read More]

The Problem with Corporatism

For the past few decades there has been a trend towards consolidation and maximizing profitability, even at the expense of ethics and Democracy. Today’s mega-corporations are very efficient machines for generating profits. Throughout our nation’s history, they have fueled economic growth. Unfortunately the entire concept of eternal economic growth is fundamentally flawed. Our Hidden History of Corporations in the United States When American colonists declared independence from England in 1776, they also freed themselves from control by English… reclaimdemocracy. [Read More]

If it can be argued legally, are we expected to keep an autocrat?

If it can be argued legally, are we expected to keep an autocrat? As I listen to the House GOP, I hear them complaining that it is unfair that they cannot keep the autocrat who has managed to become the President of the United States. They are upset because their plan to hold up impeachment in the court system was side stepped. They are upset because an ethically questionable choice by the DNC uncovered a vast conspiracy. [Read More]

Right Wing Authoritarianism

“Fascism in power is a compound, a powerful amalgam of different but marriageable conservative, national-socialist and radical Right ingredients, bonded together by common enemies and common passions for a regenerated, energized, and purified nation at whatever cost to free institutions and the rule of law…Fascism in action looks much more like a network of relationships than a fixed essence.” -- Robert O Paxton — What Is Fascism? I’m currently reading “A Warning” by Anonymous, and I’m amazed at the level of lack of self-awareness. [Read More]

Representative Doug Collins, you’re intellectually dishonest.

I’m listening to you opine on impeachment. You start from a position of ignorance, likely by choice. Let’s look at why it does not surprise me that the Democrats were talking about impeachment from day one, and why they are pushing impeachment now. This is from Donald Trump in 2015 during the Republican Primary. Q: You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies, you’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi. [Read More]

Our Deadly Struggle

We all know our society is conflicted right now. My understanding of the nature of that conflict has changed dramatically over the last few years, and I’d like to share what I’ve learned. “We the People” by StevenANichols is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Like most, my initial view was simplistic. There was good and evil. Each issue had a right, and a wrong. I brushed aside arguments against my view as ignoring complexity, while being oblivious to my own oversimplification. [Read More]

We liberals are doing far worse than destroying our shoes

We liberals are doing far worse than destroying our shoes I keep seeing liberals mocking some conservatives for destroying or discarding their Nike branded merchandise due to Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. Destroying something you paid for doesn’t harm Nike in any way. Only your future purchases make a difference. But it’s symbolic. Wearing a brand in times of controversy is often an act of defiance when you agree with them. [Read More]