Democracy And Independence

admin on August 14th, 2010

As I proclaim on a regular basis I consider myself beholden to no political party, no ideology.  However, had I been born in colonial times I might have joined those states rights agrarians that started the party known as the Democrat-Republicans, with Thomas Jefferson as their figurehead leader.  The reason for this affinity is embedded […]

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admin on March 4th, 2010

I just returned from a vacation to Florida, driving both ways.  As we drove through cities, particularly Washington and New York, I reflected on the presence of expanded lanes and dedicated commuter lanes.  Knowing what we know now, these solutions to commuter traffic are inferior to developing better public transportation.  I would suggest further that […]

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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 November 17th, 2009

The length of this letter calls for another two-pager.  You will note from the date that it is during the 1960 election year.  It was seldom hard to figure out where Pop stood on things. Norfolk, Conn. July 23, 1960 Mr. Harold Lufkin, V.P. Newton Mfg. Co., Newton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Lufkin: Am sending your […]

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admin on April 15th, 2009

Security is an entitlement provided by government.  In the natural world nothing can be made secure for you.  Even human culture cannot make life totally secure and, in fact, some cultures make life less secure for some types of people.  Yet security for citizens is a primary goal of many cultures, and its primary importance […]

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admin on April 13th, 2009

I was working out at the YMCA the other day when I overheard a proposal for “fixing” the economy that did not take into account what has been happening since the seventies (something virtually all the graphs provided on The Middle Class Forum addresses).  I pointed out this problem and delivered my usual schtick about […]

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admin on March 19th, 2009

This is the last entry in a series on the liberty of production.  Previous entries covered the distinction between the liberty of production and liberty of consumption; how those two liberties have evolved over time in western culture; and the current causes and effects connected to exercising our liberty of consumption.  This final entry presents […]

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admin on March 8th, 2009

My book Systems out of Balance is now in a phase of publication where further rewrites are impractical.  Yet I never stop refining in my mind what the essence of a message is, thanks in part to ongoing events and in part to the writing I continue to do for The Middle Class Forum.  I […]

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admin on February 7th, 2009

As an empiricist I am not likely to ever call myself a conservative or liberal, since that implies a fixed belief or dogma, and I consider my beliefs to be theories open to the testing of experiences.  Yet I have another, almost opposite, frustration with political ideologies.  As fixed as they may be at any […]

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admin on January 10th, 2009

I once lost my job at a time when my family was young and I needed to be the major breadwinner.  I adapted and we made out OK.  In my current employment my hours are about to be cut due to the current economy.  I will adapt again.  It helps that I always have avoided […]

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