Decentralized Harmony

admin on February 12th, 2010

Last week I made a couple entries regarding the conditions of Haiti and the influence of our government on the western hemisphere.  This would seem to be leading up to a big plea for giving generously to Haiti.  Well, yes and no. Despite some entrenched misconceptions to the contrary, the United States is not all […]

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admin on February 6th, 2010

I no longer watch corporate media news, but I was informed about some talking heads out there claiming Haiti is getting what they deserved.  That is why I don’t watch corporate media news.  I don’t care if those pundits came from one of the most respected think tanks, those are the most dangerous ones for […]

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admin on February 4th, 2010

The next few entries will be about the Haitian earthquake tragedy, starting with this first post about “normal” conditions. In 2003 my entire family of five went on a work camp trip to the Dominican Republic, which is on the same island as Haiti.  We were in the suburbs called Los Alcarizzos to help rebuild […]

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admin on January 23rd, 2010

Here is the third question posed to me by the editor of the business magazine Investor.ge, put out by the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia. (3) Why is it (the middle class) important? Can we say it is more important economically than socially or does it play an important role in both spheres? What […]

Continue reading about Is the Middle Class a Cause or Effect?

admin on January 8th, 2010

A previous series on The Middle Class Forum was titled “Are We Naturally Bad?”  In that series and others I present evidence that we are not inherently bad, rather, we are inherently an altruistic species operating in systems that make us bad.  This does not mean we were all born angels.  We were all born […]

Continue reading about Restoring Cultural Balance – Knowing Who We Are

We have devalued our belonging to people and place as our allegiance to paternal sources has grown.  These allegiances include political parties, corporations and interest groups.  We trust in these paternal sources, particularly as represented by corporate media and think tanks, while skeptical of human nature.  This reverses where the “innocent until proven guilty” focus […]

Continue reading about Restoring Cultural Balance – Become Paternal Skeptics

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 […]

Continue reading about Restoring Cultural Balance – Independence over Indulgence

admin on December 3rd, 2009

In the book Systems out of Balance my focus was illuminating how social systems work in ways we should not want.  This alone was a movement towards restoring balance, since the first step in addressing a problem is recognizing you have one.  The book includes a final essay titled “Restoring Balance” that provides some follow-up […]

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admin on November 26th, 2009

I have formed a band called The Bards of Balance.  In the past two weeks we released our album, Restoring Balance, for digital download.  I know it’s available at CD Baby already and should be available at all audio distribution venues such as iTunes soon. We also did our first college gig at the Torrington […]

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admin on June 1st, 2009

This past week I received a notice for a program offered by the water company to help people struggling to pay their water bills.  I’ve received notices like this from my electric utility provider as well.  I suppose these programs are a good thing for these corporations to coordinate, but there is something a little […]

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