Category Archives: Human Condition: Variations

The Hell Are We Doing Here?

…No. Capitalism is not a means to any end… It is a process for exploring and engaging uncertainty with fluid expectations… —Venkatesh Rao The argument I’ve been making for a bear market of Grand Supercycle degree is easier to get … Continue reading

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On Liberty

Six days a week, his day ends at 1 am, when he closes up for his boss at the takeout pizza store after making deliveries starting at 5 pm the afternoon before. On all but one of those days, he … Continue reading

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Of Thinking

If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins —Benjamin Franklin Our plan had been to stay home for dinner. At the last minute, we decided to go out.  While studying the menu at the restaurant, I reminded myself that I’d already had two desserts this week, so … Continue reading

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Social Mood: The Change Agent

Plus je vois les hommes, Plus j’admire les chiens (The more I see of man, the more I like dogs) —French proverb It’s a fractious time: Narrow mindedness, intolerance and mean spiritedness drive much of our public policy. Civility and discourse in politics have been … Continue reading

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Making SNAP Judgements

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers —Blanche DuBois Skimming Bloomberg’s Website for the national news, the man spots an article on Spanish Lakes Homes, a mobile home park he vaguely recalls passing while driving down to Palm Beach recently, on his way to shop for Cole Hahn shoes at … Continue reading

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Resisting Change

The things she was determined to be loyal to …made pretty simplistic reading: truth, tolerance, justice, a sense of life’s beauty and a near-violent rejection of their opposites–but above all, an inherited belief…that the system itself must be forced to … Continue reading

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My Annual Populist Rant

Makes me no nevermind that Wal-Mart heirs occupy positions 6, 7, 8 and 9 on the Forbes’ 400 list of America’s richest people. God love ‘em, they didn’t ask to be born on third base, and the record shows that they … Continue reading

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Living Large on Minimum Wage

We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of the world —Gilbert It was a night with no moon and he was alone, driving up the Interstate in northern Michigan, with an all-night radio station out of Chicago for … Continue reading

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On Mutual Respect among Friends

“The important thing is to let every one of your friends know your true feelings,” writes my friend on the eve of the elections,  ”even if you think they don’t love you back. So just in case I’m gone tomorrow, … Continue reading

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George Hamner

When heaven  is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his … Continue reading

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