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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER?

Fifty years ago, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote that “In such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.”  Today, at a time when even our discourse is ugly, may beauty infuse the vision for which we protest.


Capitalism and the Collective Survival Enterprise

In his famous book, The Great Transformation(1944), the political economist/ anthropologist/sociologist Karl Polanyi produced a classic critique of the classic liberal (conservative) ideal of free market capitalism that still resonates today. 


Trumpty Dumpty

Trumpty Dumpty - If the past is a guide, a look ahead to America after Trump is troubling.


The Social Contract: Who Needs It?

Let’s begin with some political theory.  Aristotle, in his great treatise, the Politics, concluded that there are, basically, only two different kinds of governments in terms of the outcomes for a society -- those that serve the common good, or the public interest, and those that have been co-opted to serve the self-interests of the people who hold political power.  


What This Country Needs is… Confucius!

How well does Donald Trump measure up to Confucius’s teachings?  And how well do we?  The answer to both questions is “none of the above.”