admin on May 30th, 2009

This is the last entry about Memorial Day, our expectations for soldiers and the implications that these have for “ordinary” citizens and for foreign policy. The Washington Post endorsed the invasion of Iraq and generally provided supportive coverage during the first months of the war.  However, they provided one type of coverage that went beyond […]

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admin on May 29th, 2009

In the last entry (and in Systems out of Balance) I explained how we have come to expect only from soldiers attributes that we should expect from all citizens, namely dedicated service and the willingness to die for a cause.  These expectations contribute to a third attribute that we really should expect only from soldiers, […]

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admin on May 27th, 2009

This entry continues on with the theme of memorializing soldiers.  I mentioned in the first entry that there was an oddity in how we perceive soldiers and how we memorialize them.  This entry concentrates of the perception of soldiers. Much of what I have to say in this entry is recorded in “Essay 13 – […]

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admin on May 25th, 2009

Every year our town holds a parade on Memorial Day.  Every year the local school bands march and play.  Every year a roll call is presented of soldiers fallen in battle or otherwise passed away.  In recent years a vet who has been to Iraq gives the speech. Something happened a little differently this year […]

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admin on May 24th, 2009

Earlier on this year I displayed graphs of trends since the late forties that our productivity has shifted towards the financial and service sectors and away from producing goods, and that the main impetus for this shift occurred in the seventies.  There are consequences to be expected from such a shift in the economy.  Here […]

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admin on May 22nd, 2009

My apologies to those who come here looking for information on misinformation, but American Idol is real serious stuff! The most annoying part of the show for me, and I imagine for most people, are the judges.  They create annoyance in three ways.  Sometimes they are undecipherable, an affliction that both Simon and Paula share, […]

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admin on May 21st, 2009

OK.  This is not my usual entry on The Middle Class Forum.  I must confess I am an American Idol fan, for two reasons.  As a musician I enjoy some of the singing (not all, but a good proportion).  As a person who touts the virtues of community I enjoy the way the contestants form […]

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admin on May 20th, 2009

In response to our economic troubles there have been two commercials providing a conflicting message that ultimately is bad for the middle class.  One commerical, paid for by realtors, delivers and optimistic message that better times are ahead in terms of home sale prices.  The other, from a business interest group, provides a cautionary message […]

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admin on May 18th, 2009

This is part of a series on the implications of what societies choose to equate with wealth. There is one possible standard for wealth that is frightening to corporations.  This comes as no surprise.  Being the main ambassadors and beneficiaries from trade, business corporations would not want us even thinking about self-sufficiency.  There are two […]

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admin on May 16th, 2009

This is part of a series that reflects on the implications of what societies choose to equate with wealth. You might think that productivity is a big deal in this country, what with the attention given to Gross Domestic Productivity, or GDP.  A closer look of what our GDP truly represents refutes this notion.  First, […]

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