Progressive Populism for the 21st Century
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MY RECENT POSTS
- Star Wars Sequel Prediction
December 06, 2013 12:29PM
- Gun Ownership and Disabilities
November 26, 2013 09:51AM
- Stream of Consciousness Essay.
November 22, 2013 08:19AM
- Sports and Foreign Policy
November 19, 2013 03:02PM
- WORST BATMAN COSTUME EVER
November 19, 2013 06:24AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Is Buddhism as vocal
about Social Justice as
's central idea…”
December 07, 2013 02:26PM
- “However, this was like a
religious experience for me,
I felt I was like
December 07, 2013 11:50AM
- “Algorithms are nothing,
if not "formulaic approaches"
December 07, 2013 11:48AM
- “I'm very naughty. Not as
naughty as Ned
December 07, 2013 09:27AM
- “So capitalism, by using
the agorithm, is creating the
"one size fits
December 07, 2013 09:17AM
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Now, if you happen to be one of the chosen people, namely, folks who have seen and appreciate Star Wars, then this essay is clearly for you.
George Lucas has always worked with parallelism and archetypes in this series. It can't be avoided. And this means certain recurring, themes will… Read full post »
Many people adamantly believe that folks with mental "illness" should not have access to firearms, and I think that's a good idea. However, as a criminal defense attorney, I have noticed that the situation is not always as clear-cut as it may seem.
For example, police in NY State often… Read full post »
I often wonder whether people are assholes and hold certain political and/or elitist pretensions, due to Hegelian dialectics? Hegal wrote about the dialectical force. This is similar to Newtonian force, where every action creates an equal and opposite reaction, only Hegel took it one step further. He… Read full post »
It does not seem like Obama has a grand strategic vision in terms of foreign policy. He has good ideas with domestic policy, but even here, there is no large-scale narrative vision. His strategic approach is non-existent. The White House focuses on the tactically reactive.
It is said that Obama's… Read full post »
There's been much speculation in the media lately about Ben Affleck and how he will be the new Batman in the upcoming Superman movie. Inextricably intertwined with such discussion is the constant speculation about what Batman's costume will look like.
Many believe that, rather than be a… Read full post »
At 11am, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice was signed between the Western Allies and the Germans in a railway car at the forest of Compiègne in France. The Armistice negotiations were presided over by the French Marshal and Supreme Commander, Ferdinand Foch.
Against… Read full post »
I wholeheartedly support welfare. I was raised in a single-parent, working-class family. My mom struggled to raise my younger sister and myself. Both of us struggled with learning disabilities and physical ailments like chronic respiratory illnesses (I have horrible asthma and had pneumonia over 9 ti… Read full post »
According to an article in today's "Telegraph," the NSA monitored the private Vatican phone calls of Jorge Mario Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis), when he was participating in the Papal Conclave to choose the next Pope.
I don't know about you, but I wonder how much America's national securi… Read full post »
I just finished a wonderful book by Max Boot, called "Invisible Armies." (Liveright Publishing Corporation, New York, 2013).
It is a broad overview of the past 5,000 years of guerilla warfare throughout world history, from the days of Ancient Persia, China and Egypt, up through the modern era.… Read full post »
American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy France.
June 6, 1944. The Allied Expeditionary Force set sail in rough seas under an overcast sky for the fortified coasts of German-occupied France. Their bravery, arms and sacrifice would pave the way for the col… Read full post »
I have noticed that there are some smug, self-satisfied liberals. I am pretty progressive, but I am only progressive on an issue-by-issue basis. I need to study the facts of a given issue before I take a stance.
I think that for many others, they choose a stance based on… Read full post »
I just learned that countless states throughout the northeast and midwest have lost 90% to 95% of their bat population, due to a bacteria called G. destructans.
This bacteria causes something called "white nose syndrome," which attacks bats while they hibernate in caves, covering their nose wit… Read full post »
"Mas acompanados y paniguados
debe di tener la locura que la discrecion."
I am currently reading one chapter of Don Quixote every night.
It is a very interesting book. Many have said its the most important novel ever written.
I'm on chapter iv, but I'm already beginning to… Read full post »
I want to rent a tree-enshrouded cabin on top of a mountain. It must have a clear view of a river valley below, and a porch with a wooden bench where I can sit and read.
My needs are small and spartan. Wooden furniture. An old afghan. Plenty of books.… Read full post »
"When the universe comes to destroy man, man will still be nobler than that which tries to destroy him, because in his death man knows he is dying and of its victory, the universe knows absolutely nothing."---Pascal.
"All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks.… Read full post »
I was recently online and found the old Fisher Price Play Family Farm. I had this toy in the late 1970s and thought it was the best toy ever. I wanted to live inside this farm. When you opened the door, it made an awesome "moo" sound.
Since the late… Read full post »
There seems to be something to be said for the fact that many of the guys who go and shoot up a theatre, or who set-off bombs, domestically, have some mental problems. They might be alienated or have emotional issues and need help.
Perhaps the issue isn't political or religious… Read full post »
Many well-read folks have very little real-world experience. They don't understand power, have never had power, have never run organizations, have never held leadership positions, have never bargained, negotiated or played hardball. Being an educated idealist is all well and good. Working alongside p… Read full post »
As a progressive with socialist inclinations, I disdain the politics of identity. By identity, I mean those forms of labeling that appeal to one's primordial forms of tribal membership, such as race, ethnicity, religion, culture and the like. Today, sexual-preference can be added to the so-called "po… Read full post »
I was raised in two faiths. My mother was a north German Lutheran and my father a Bavarian Catholic. This is the culture and faith I was raised in. The culture and faith that nurtured me. I cannot divorce myself from my Western European, Roman Catholic/Protestant roots.
The Church music… Read full post »
Tax time looms. Whatever your bracket, be you middle or working class, the fact remains that you will be paying Social Security taxes on the first $100k you earn.
All money earned after $100k is never taxed for Social Security purposes!
If you are an employee, you will be… Read full post »
I used to be very much left-of-center on economic issues. I suppose I still am when it comes to anti-trust, the regulation of big business and the like. However, I am starting to understand the arguments of conservatives and moderates when it comes to the tax code.
I recently started… Read full post »
Toward the end of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr., more frequently addressed more broader issues of capitalism, class and socio-economic injustice. These issues transcended race, Jim Crow in the south, racism, integration, segregation in the US in general and the like. Indeed, they went to the hear… Read full post »
I am delighted that Steven Spielberg has acquired the rights to Stanley Kubrick's script, Napoleon. However, rather than turn it into a movie, Spielberg is going to make a mini-series about the French Emperor, covering his entire life.
This has been done a few times before. Most of these attempts… Read full post »
I have always been interested in comparing the leftists, liberals and progressives of America, with those of Europe. How do they compare? In what ways are they similar? In what ways do they differ?
John F. Kennedy,throughout books like "Why England Slept," and "Profiles in Courage," discussed w… Read full post »