Oh, Those Scary Labels!

  Democratic Party bigwigs are reportedly cowering in fear because the base is turning to “Democratic Socialism.” I wish those old fossils would (as one of my readers might put it) get a grip. Yes, the Socialist label has been demonized in America. And. yes, some brands of Socialism have failed spectacularly all over the […]
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Leave Norway? No Thanks!

  Norwegians aren’t jumping at Trump’s invitation to emigrate to America. They’ve been unenthusiastic about moving here for a while. According to a  Reuters report: While hundreds of thousands of Norwegians emigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century, just 502 out of a population of 5.3 million people moved there in 2016, down 59 from […]
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Bernie Flames Out

  I wish I could say that Bernie Sanders fought the good fight. I wish I could remember him as a gracious loser. But my admiration for this champion of the underdog has been greatly diminished by the shabby way in which his candidacy is ending. He had the opportunity to stand tall, to congratulate […]
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As Wall Street Unravels

  As I understand it,a major difference between capitalism and socialism is that in capitalism private interests accumulate the large pools of money needed for social investment while in socialism it’s the government that does it (through taxes). But, either way, to be effective, large amounts of money have to be pooled. Small amounts of capital in a […]
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Those Tricky Labels

  Is Bernie Sanders really a “Democratic Socialist”? Is Donald Trump “conservative”? Is Barack Obama truly “black”? The debates go on and on. But what is a Democratic Socialist? Or a conservative? Or a black human being? Obviously, the labels mean different things to different people. To me, a Socialist – democratic or otherwise – […]
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To Give or Not to Give?

  As Christmas approaches, you are once again facing the Big Question: What to give to whom. You can figure out Aunt Martha’s gift for yourself. Nothing you do will probably be right, anyway. But when it comes to the charities, I have a word of advice for you: Google them first. A few nights […]
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Charity Scams Make the Case for “Socialism”

The argument sounds reasonable enough: It’s my money and I’ll give it to the needy if I want, but the government has no right to take it from me and give it to them. After all, this is the land of the free, isn’t it? And then we learn what happens to so much of […]
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Bleak Thanksgiving for Many American Workers

As American families gather to give thanks today, 18,000 Hostess employees are wondering where their next paycheck is coming from. The collapse of the company they worked for has left them out on the street. Venture capitalists bought the venerable “Twinkies”  producer, milked it dry and left it burdened by unmanageable debt. The union representing […]
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Just when you think people can’t get more dumb…

When I read some dumb comment online, I often pass it off that some jerk just wants to be noticed and isn’t really serious.  When the same comment is in the media, then I think that it is often a ratings push.  That guy really didn’t believe the crap he is saying. Take this thing […]
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“Masters of the Universe” are on the Attack

Call me a conspiracy nut but I see a vast global conflict raging. Granted, I have read or heard nothing in the media describing current events in those words. But I smell a rat. And here’s why. Suddenly, one developed country after another is in “crisis” – not just the United States and Britain but […]
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