Category Archives: Economy

Shipwrecks, climate disruption, mass shootings

This excerpt from Kathryn Schulz, “Writers in the Storm” (The New Yorker, Nov. 23, 2015), seems to me a good analogy for the human slowness in solving problems: It is difficult … to appreciate how catastrophic the weather could be … Continue reading

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What else Bernie could have said about capitalism

In Chester County, in Pennsylvania and the whole country, we’re all capitalists. Even those who live in their log cabin on a remote western mountain are capitalists, because they own, or think they own, their house and land, and any … Continue reading

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Greece / Germany / Europe

American expatriate poet T. S. Eliot wrote that “It is the final perfection, the consummation of an American, to become not, an Englishman, but a European—something which no born European, no person of any European nationality, can become.” The European … Continue reading

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Exodus, the parable of the talents, and the accumulation of wealth

The other day I saw the movie Exodus. For a fairly weak movie, it was well worth seeing, and not only for the big wave. So I reread the relevant parts of the Books of Genesis and Exodus, which are … Continue reading

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The President and the Price of Gas

In February 2012, Newt Gingrich pledged that if elected president he would reduce the gas price to $2.50 a gallon. Not to be outdone, his Republican colleague and intended presidential candidate Michele Bachmann had already promised in August 2011 that … Continue reading

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The problems with the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”

I just wrote a letter to the Daily Local News, which I haven’t had time to do for a while. I was galvanized by a call from Corporate Accountability International, which is campaigning against this blatant example of corporations intriguing … Continue reading

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5 Dem candidates for governor at Temple Nov. 23

I watched the whole forum and you can find the video here. Pay attention to the note “Video starts at 18 minutes”: you have to move the timer ahead. Interesting format, with a strongly pro-union and pro-teacher audience and two … Continue reading

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