admin on January 31st, 2009

Here is the last excerpt for the case against business corporations. “Business corporations subvert the flexibility of capitalism when they dogmatically entrench what is to be done with capital.  Capitalism could open the doors to the type of experimentation that characterized empiricism and the Scientific Revolution.  There is some tinkering done with the business corporation […]

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admin on January 30th, 2009

In the last entry I provide an excerpt from the closing essay in Systems out of Balance that made the free market case against the business corporation model.  This follow-up excerpt provides the more surprising capitalism case against the business corporation model. “OK.  If I have not convinced you that business corporations subvert free markets […]

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admin on January 29th, 2009

I’ve just edited my concluding essay before having Systems out of Balance published.  Near the end I have a section titled “The Closing Case against Business Corporations.”  The closing case is in two parts, one having to do with the free market, the other with capitalism.  Here is the free market case. “Hopefully, I have […]

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admin on January 27th, 2009

I imagine all of us at some point has said something like:  “I’m never buying anything from them again!”  Two parts of our natural character often are revealed by that one statement.   We have an instinct to trust authority figures:  partly leaders, country leaders, community leaders, business leaders, media pundits, etc.  In the context of […]

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admin on January 26th, 2009

Office talk the other day centered around Obama’s inaugaration.  Since my “office” is a nonprofit conservation group, it’s fairly safe to say they are Obama supporters, particularly encouraged by Obama’s promise to bolster EPA funding.  As I have reported here on The Middle Class Forum I voted for Obama as well but, being an overall […]

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admin on January 23rd, 2009

This will be my last entry on neoconservatism, my next entries will be on business corporations.  I still plan to focus more on economic data in the Statistical Abstracts and NIPA tables this year, but that requires a bit of “start up” time that I do not have right now. Neoconservatives complain about the immoral […]

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admin on January 22nd, 2009

I was premature in starting this sequence with the cowardice of neoconservatism.  Understanding the vanity of thinking beliefs infallible and the cynicism of having the ends justify the means in order to spread them prepares us better to understand why cowardice is involved as well. To spread democratic ends through undemocratic means, such as invasion, […]

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admin on January 21st, 2009

If you have been following along with The Middle Class Forum you know I believe that a federated democracy abstracts wisdom better than a party democracy.  A federated democracy produced the wisdom that crafted our Constitution.  Unfortunately, a party democracy was formed not long after. Let us pretend there is a stronger and wealthier country […]

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admin on January 20th, 2009

The problem with doing a fast turnaround on a blog is I don’t always think everything through enough.  Had I more time to reflect I would have started with “The Vanity” rather than “The Cowardice” of neoconservatism.  In fact, the first criticism that should come to mind for someone reading my previous entry would be […]

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admin on January 19th, 2009

In the previous entry I made a claim that an empiricist would, by now, want to test a theory that reduced intervention in the Middle East would lead to greater stability, based on the evidence of what the Middle East was like before western intervention escalated during World War I.  The main proponents of continued […]

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