As a preface to my new field of inquiry: Human nature: “the general psychological characteristics, feelings, and behavioral traits of humankind, regarded as shared by all humans” I am most interested in how human nature is framed and partially determined by the mechanisms in our brains. In addition human culture --->> read more -->>
11.28.2021 – revised 11.29.2021 For the last ten years and more I have been studying US history and the current state of our affairs. A significant focus has been on what I refer to as the “actual workings of capitalism”. You can find some of the findings at AmericanDelusions.com. More --->> read more -->>
Ban inequality – the word, the naked word, from our political rhetoric. Inequality is everywhere around us in the media sphere as well as in our day-to-day conversations. Amongst progressive folk one can drop the word like an F bomb and summon up agreeable outrage in one’s interlocutors without saying --->> read more -->>
“A 30-Year Campaign to Control Drug Prices Faces Yet Another Failure Democrats have made giving government the power to negotiate drug prices a central campaign theme for decades. With the power to make it happen, they may fall short yet again.” This is the headline with its tagline in today’s --->> read more -->>
Packer’s Last Best Hope: America in crisis and renewal (Ferrar, Straus & Giroux 2021) has aroused quite a bit of attention and comment in the media. At the heart of the book is Packer’s description of four Americas: Free America, Real America, Smart America, and Just America. The writing is --->> read more -->>
The US is commonly cited as the first large experiment in popular government. Even admitting that it started on the basis of a government of white men that excluded women and non-European men and who enslaved other human beings, it was the first large trial of the idea that the --->> read more -->>
Since I noticed that every day now as many Americans are dying in the Trump Pandemic as died during the 9/11 attacks I have thought about how different public and government reactions have been. 9/11 2,977 people died in the attacks in the US on 9/11/2001. 9/11 brought on a --->> read more -->>
Thursday 12/3/2020 2,977 people died in the attacks in the US on 9/11/2001. The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center reported 2,804 deaths yesterday. As noted earlier, back in February and March of this year one could just say that the pandemic was an act of nature. But after 9 --->> read more -->>
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Friday November 6, 2020 – Election Results Still in the Waiting Room As I wait for the electoral machinery to complete its work I am struck by how this election has confirmed that we are in a deep mess with nothing in sight to set us on a more productive --->> read more -->>
A recent study of the Boston area real estate market reveals continuing discrimination against people of color. Share this:TweetLike this:Like Loading...
An introduction to monopolies and book review of Zephyr Teachout’s new book Break’Em Up: recovering our freedom from big ag, big tech, and big money, All Points Books, 2020. What are monopolies? How monopolized (concentrated) is the US economy Examples of how monopolization works and its effects The history of --->> read more -->>
Capitalism features a structural drive to create and use external costs to increase profits. Pollution of the earth is the most obvious and visible; there are many others including injuries and death for workers. Share this:TweetLike this:Like Loading...
Introducing the In Depth series on the actual workings of capitalism. Commentary on economic theories. Share this:TweetLike this:Like Loading...