Legacy of Secrecy, The long shadow of the JFK assassination, Lamar Waldron, with Thom Hartmann, 2009 Democracies are new to the world stage. And the first, truly world wide power, the United States, is a democracy. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the United States had unprecedented military dominance. The US could and did topple and […]
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Karl Marx has convinced generations of western intellectuals that capitalism is evil. He witnessed capitalism during its early and ugliest stage, in 19th century England, and made the case that capitalism was an unavoidably diabolical exploitation of the many by the few. Alas, over the next 150 years, capitalism lifted the material well being of […]
“I fought with my twin, that enemy within, ’til both of us fell by the way” Human minds herd, mentally, the way animals herd in movement. A few will start off in a certain direction, and then, at an accelerating pace, the rest follow. There is wisdom in the crowd. There is madness in […]
New York Review of Books, March 25, 2010, “The passions of Vincent Van Gogh“, Richard Dorment. Vincent Van Gogh is the archetype of the troubled artist, the insane person whose insanity empowers creativity in his art. Craziness is part of being creative, so it goes. Yet, does it? In Vincent’s case, his art was a […]
In October, 1959, Abraham Lincoln made his way to Milwaukee, on horse back, and gave a remarkable speech to the Wisconsin Agricultural Society. He went there to respond to charges that northern wage earners were no better off than southern slaves. This was a time when American industrialization was just beginning, when the entire economy […]
People seem unusually polite in coffee houses. Coffee house patrons are often regulars, and social interaction research, launched by the seminal book, The Evolution of Cooperation, by Robert Axelrod, 1984, has found that an ‘expectation of future repetitive interaction’ drives cooperative behavior. When people expect to see one another again, they have a stake in getting […]
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