01 Dec 2013

Equality of opportunity; Equality of outcomes

The conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson, recently managed to put his entire foot in his mouth.  If you’ll pardon the pun, that’s no small feat.  Johnson said:  “Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many

15 Sep 2013

Pedantic Pandering from the Pillars of Progressive Pablum

Whew… talk about a one-two punch. First Krugman; then Obama. Krugman started off so well. He had all the buzz phrases: rich man’s recovery, children of the wealthy, meritocratic ideology, oligarchic reality… and this: “the power of money is crowding out effective democracy.” And this: “whatever is causing the growing

10 Jan 2013

The Best Defense

“The best defense is a good offense.” There’s been plenty of squawking from the left and even from progressive Democrats about the Democratic Party.  Obama is seen as a centrist or a pragmatist or… well, pick your own label.  The bottom line is that he has done virtually nothing to

10 Nov 2012

The High-On-the-Hills versus the Down-in-the-Valleys

From our humble dwellings, we can look up to see, perched high on the great hills above our town, the brilliant sunshine glistening off the great white castles of the High-On-the-Hills (Hohs).  Things have been getting tougher and tougher for us Down-in-the-Valleys (Divs). We Divs are a diverse lot made

05 Nov 2012

Disenthralling Ourselves

I didn’t vote for Obama in 2008. I won’t be voting for him in 2012 either. Back in 2008, Obama captured the hopes and dreams of many Americans… especially the young. He spoke of hope. He spoke of opportunity for all. He spoke of repairing America’s damaged image in the

15 Oct 2012

Socialism… looking beyond the “welfare state”

Socialism: of the people, by the people, for the people. Capitalism: of the capital, by the capital, for the capital. Socialism too often is seen only as an economic system. It is, more critically, a political system that, to quote the cliche, puts people before profits. It’s really just that

08 May 2012

Are you still trapped in the matrix?

We are trapped by a self-perpetuating cycle of concentrated wealth and concentrated power. As wealth concentrates, power concentrates. As power concentrates, wealth concentrates. To quote the eminently quotable Mr. Chomsky: Concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and

31 Mar 2012

Libertarian Broccoli and the Short-Sightedness of the Left

The primary argument made by so-called conservatives against the health insurance mandate is that it deprives citizens of free choice. Every citizen, they argue, should be free to choose whether they want to purchase health insurance or they don’t. Even many so-called liberals, who are often in actuality libertarians, are

18 Jan 2012

One-Percent Justice is Justice Denied

Injustice exists everywhere. We suffer from racism, sexism, agism and endless other forms of bigotry. Much of the fault, dear Brutus, “lies not within our stars but within ourselves”. While in some areas we have made progress, for example in our hiring and housing laws, our prejudices still seem to

15 Jan 2012

MLK on Commitment – Are you making a difference?

Here is an excerpt from one of Martin Luther King’s more famous speeches: I say to you, this morning, that if you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live. You may be 38 years old,