Monday, October 31, 2011

Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street

Who will, in the end, more effectively stand up to oppressive elites: Arabs or Americans?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Clear Financial Thinking from Washington

It is not fair to criticize Washington endlessly. Here is one example of clear thinking.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So-Called "Depleted" Uranium Weapons Poison the Homeland

The story of the thoughtless manufacture and widespread use in war of highly radioactive depleted uranium illustrates how a zero-sum attitude in foreign policy impacts domestic policy.

Monday, October 24, 2011

More Bank Fraud

The latest bank scandal, concerning Belgium's Dexia, suggests that Europeans learned nothing from the 2008 financial crisis brought to them by the U.S., and now it's our turn to get the favor returned.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Do We Want a Zero-Sum or a Positive-Sum World?

As tempting as it may be to conceive of an opponent as "evil" and oneself as "good," the truth is seldom so clear-cut: something happened, someone felt boxed in, someone misunderstood someone else's intentions, one thing led to another. But humans can't know everything and will always search for a neat mental model. Rather than "good vs. evil," try "zero-sum vs. positive sum."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Federal Bailouts: Good or Bad?

The debate over the propriety of bailing out institutions "too big to fail" with the funds of the taxpayers those institutions impoverished misses the real point: the issue is not "whether" but "how."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

How 21st Century World Affairs Work

The idea of a global political system that is "evolving" makes decision-makers, who are conservative for numerous reasons, uneasy. Unfortunately for our security, the pace of that evolution is accelerating, and we need to learn how to keep up; the ash bin of history awaits its next victim.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Democratic Action By You...to Save America

The U.S. financial system is broken, and the people know it, but the rich who rule dont see a problem. Can the American people figure out a way to reform the system without burning it to the groundby an end run around the corrupt ruling elite?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Politicians With Real Solutions

Some of the politicians in Washington really are earning their pay: keep an eye on the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Short Voter Guide for Restoring the U.S. Economy

The mid-term future for the U.S., as the result of apparent short-term and secular negative economic trends amplified by political failure from both major parties (splitting conservative elite rule over the U.S.), appears highly unfavorable. Those who benefit have generated much confusion, but some simple steps toward a solution benefiting society can be taken by a concerned voter.