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The Usefulness Of Political Blather

Republicans-vs-DemocratsIt’s election year and we are once again inundated with political blather. But all is not lost. Even the most tiresome political attacks can invite interesting questions and produce insights. Take, for example, the suggestion in many political ads that business, especially big business, is immoral and profit is therefore sinful. Following are some useful questions. Note that they are philosophical rather than political—that is, about ideas rather than individuals or parties.… Read More


Can Poverty Be Created?

povertyThe Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (EOA) launched the “war on poverty.” This legislation, promoted by Lyndon Johnson and supported by his successors Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, was a key part of what is known as the Great Society program.

From its inception, the war on poverty was a noble undertaking. After all, no decent person would argue for the preservation of poverty. Unfortunately, that very fact discouraged most people from questioning or criticizing it.… Read More


The Perils Of Cynicism

romneyA friend recently sent me an email explaining some interesting facts about Mitt Romney. I’ve received enough stories of this kind, positive and negative, to know that the responsible thing to do is check them out at Snopes.comTruthorfiction.com or similar sites to determine their accuracy. In this case, the story passed the test.

In brief, it told how in 1996, the fourteen-year-old daughter of an executive at Romney’s firm, Bain Capital, had gone to a party in New York City, gotten high on Ecstasy, and disappeared.… Read More