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The Thinking Behind the Second Ammendment


Recently, many of us may have seen a video of a straight-faced man in a small video suggesting that the whole institution of slavery might have been avoided had slaves had guns to protect themselves.  This was a silly spot … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences of Student Loans


 I’m totally in sympathy with Ellen.  Once upon a time education was factored into the cost of growing an economy and built into the economy by supporting public education.  At some point the cost of growing the economy  began to … Continue reading

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American Democracy: The Illusion and the Truth


Money, democracy, and Oligarchy. the hidden hand of power http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2011/10/2011102683719370179.html

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Rep Allen West, (R) Florida’s Controversial Representative


Well, sometimes it takes a little looking to find an approximation of the truth.  Allen West, republican congressman from Florida has been accused of some inflammatory statements during Black History Month.  Not that Rep West is pure as driven snow. … Continue reading

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Oops! Krugman Explains Who Actually Gets Welfare


Moochers Against Welfare By PAUL KRUGMAN, Published: February 16, 2012, COMMENTS (716) First, Atlas shrugged. Then he scratched his head in puzzlement. Modern Republicans are very, very conservative; you might even (if you were Mitt Romney) say, severely conservative. Political scientists who use Congressional … Continue reading

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Moral Foundations Theory: An Interesting Approach on What Divides Us


I know people on both ends of the politico-moral spectrum.   I respect many of them for their views and convictions.  Others, however, would not be out of place at a lynching.  I see the same faces at football games and … Continue reading

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Capitalism: Who’s Capitalism Are We talking About?


The Sudden New Debate About Capitalism Author: Gary Hart, Jan 12, 2012 The current Republican nomination contest has revealed serious confusion over the nature of our economic system. Very conservative candidates are attacking Governor Romney because his experience at Bain … Continue reading

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Hungary Changes Constitution Through Supermajority


What happens when the tyranny of the minority succeeds in a western democracy?  When does a minority become a majority?  Could this happen elsewhere in Europe…or America?  Is this an objective of those who want to tear down existing institutions … Continue reading

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Austerity Economics: Starving the Beast, RIP


Paul Krugman / Starve the beast: Fiscal calamity is the GOP’s plan to shrink government Tuesday, February 23, 2010 OK, the beast is starving. Now what? That’s the question confronting Republicans. But they’re refusing to answer, or even to engage … Continue reading

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Reich: Size Matters


Certainly, smaller government is more susceptible to well funded lobbyists.  Small government won’t have the resources to do many things: financial audits, food, drugs, workplace safety (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massey_Energy), almost everything government does to protect its citizens from the abuse of predatory … Continue reading

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