I organized my book Systems out of Balance to reflect the layers of problems we face.  On the surface are economic problems, but underneath that surface are political problems, and underneath that are cultural problems.  Just so, this series on restoring balance follows a similar sequence.  Economic solutions are the most easily envisioned, but out […]

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admin on December 29th, 2009

I remember Pop always getting agitated as Christmas approached.  I assumed it was for much the same reason as many people this time of year.  This letter from Newton to Pop reveals another source of his holiday anxieties. Mr. Leon Sinclair                                                          December 3, 1960 Box 473 Norfolk, Connecticut Dear Leon: Glad to have your letter […]

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admin on December 27th, 2009

I remember as a small child going for walks along a bridal path that starts on Shepherd Road, not far from my house.  The highlight of the walk was a boulder I always climbed on.  At the time it seemed a massive boulder fit for a stout adventurer such as I fancied myself.  The boulder […]

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admin on December 24th, 2009

In the last entry I described the Supreme Court as being the most paternal branch of government, with jurisprudence affected by entrenched relationships to wealth and power elites.  Yet even if we were to minimize the paternal impact of the Supreme Court we still have a government that has trended steadily towards paternalism since its […]

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admin on December 22nd, 2009

Too bad I did not time this to be released on Thanksgiving Day, but the Holiday season will do just as well.  I can’t help but add a little extra commentary here.  Pop’s one regret in this letter is not getting ahead because of hospital bills from a sickly child (I guess I was even […]

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admin on December 20th, 2009

I live on a small sloped lot near the village center.  All the kids in the neighborhood would slide down the hill between our house and the Colwell’s.  “Back in the day” it was mainly Flexible Flyers zipping down the yard.  If there was an ice storm or snowing too heavily for the town plows […]

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admin on December 18th, 2009

The one place where you most expect wisdom from government is where authoritarianism has its greatest stranglehold.  Supreme Court Justices are nominated for life through party politics.  They overwhelmingly represent wealth and power elites, with corporate lawyers in the lead.  They establish jurisprudence through arbitrary justifications couched in obtuse legal dogma.  Restoring political balance will […]

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admin on December 17th, 2009

Our political system at the federal and state levels features elected officials that are politicians rather than public servants.  As politicians their job is to figure out what is best for us, as caring paternal agents, and then practice the politics of implementing the decisions they make.  That is the best case scenario.  As we […]

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admin on December 15th, 2009

Here is the next installment of Pop’s letters.  I wonder who he voted for? Mr. Harold Lufkin, V. P                                                Nov 11, 1960 Newton Mfg. Co., Newton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Lufkin: It was certainly most kind of you to think of me when you got the little booklet and I will look forward to receiving […]

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admin on December 13th, 2009

There is a small stream at the end of Emerson Street that I call “Hyla Brook,” named after the Frost poem.  The Hyla Brook in both the poem and at the end of the street are modest, unremarkable features.  Frost’s Hyla Brook is intermittent; my Hyla Brook enters into a culvert where this photo is […]

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