003 Middle Class

admin on August 6th, 2010

This site will start building off of the “Pop’s Letters” series to portray other middle class lives in personal accounts and poetry.  Please contact me at kirk(dot)sinclair(at)middleclassforum(dot)com if you would like to share your own middle class experiences or if, like me, you have material from a relative and you want to use this forum […]

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admin on May 15th, 2011

A recent headline in the New York Times, “Health Insurers Making Record Profits as Many Postpone Care,” reveals the failings of a corporate capitalist economy.  Let me first add the caveats that what we have in this country would be more accurately dubbed corporate socialism than corporate capitalism, and as with anything “failing” depends on […]

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admin on December 24th, 2010

Covered in the previous post was the concept that since capitalism involves production then the normative goal of profits should be to perpetuate production.  Using profit for capital improvements or simply to buy stuff encourages production; so, too, does investment into research and development.  Using profits to invest into futures trading or even into companies […]

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admin on December 21st, 2010

Capitalism in its pure, unadulterated form, its operational definition before laissez faire economists and free market libertarians make adjustments and excuses to fit actual practice to the meaning, is private production that generates profits.  I have covered the problems with “private” and “production” in a laissez faire, corporate economy.  Now let’s examine profit, the capital […]

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admin on December 19th, 2010

Sorry for the lag time in posts.  I’m involved in a very ambitious project which I will share with you shortly.  To recap this series on capitalism:  capitalism is private production that generates profits.  Capitalism has existed at a small scale, but not at a large scale, despite the adjustments/excuses that grand economic scholars make […]

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admin on December 8th, 2010

This is the second part of the “Why Capitalism Has Yet to Succeed” series.  I added the caveat “at a large scale” because, in truth, capitalism can and has succeeded at a small scale.  An example of that is where they use BerkShares, close by to where I live.  BerkShares are local currency for the […]

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admin on November 16th, 2010

For the annotations of a You Tube channel I came across the following equations:  Corporations – Government = Capitalism; Corporations + Government = Fascism; Corporations / Government = Democracy.  The video was condemning corporatism and I suspected we were on the same page, given the last of the three equations.  I still do, but I […]

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admin on November 5th, 2010

There is nothing in the Constitution that requires Supreme Court justices to be lawyers, but they all are.  Many of them over the course of history were corporate lawyers; most came from backgrounds, inherited or acquired, of wealth and power.  Thus it has been so since 1800 when the Supreme Court was first packed by […]

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admin on November 3rd, 2010

Since I’m for neither party nor any fixed ideology, the results of the federal election if we discount the Supreme Court (more on that another time) was a desirable balanced split between different centralized factions.  The Senate remained with the Democrats while the House went to the Republicans. Ah, but the President is a Democrat, […]

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admin on November 1st, 2010

Election day is near.  The past week I’ve been leading up to this question of “Why Vote?”  Neither party really preaches a platform of social reponsibility at the individual level.  Both parties want a centralized, paternal system of government; they just want it for different ends and with different degrees of admitting that is what […]

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