Author Archives: Alan

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.

Now Burning in Hell

There are “scientific Americans” – those who prefer to rely on facts and evidence and reason – and there are “religious Americans” – those willing to take the word of God on all things in life – and each side … Continue reading

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Death and Taxes for Real

“The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities.” ~ Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the … Continue reading

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Contrarian Government

Just enough voters in just the right places were unhappy with just about everything in their lives. They blamed anyone in charge of anything – anyone in power of any kind – for their lot in life. They had it … Continue reading

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Losing the Republican Party

Things go well until they don’t. What wasn’t supposed to happen happens. Winners become losers. This was the weekend that the number one ranked college football team in the country, those Georgia Bulldogs, got blown out by the tenth ranked … Continue reading

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The Question of Competence

There no point in citing the polls anymore. They’re all the same. One year after Americans elected Donald Trump, poll after poll shows that more than sixty percent of all Americans “disapprove” of the way that their new President Trump … Continue reading

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Obsessive Paranoia

Everyone should have known that a Donald Trump was coming. Richard Hofstadter explained how such a person was inevitable in Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1963) and in the essays collected in The Paranoid Style in American Politics (1964) which explored our curious distrust of people … Continue reading

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That Southern Man

The sixties ended. College ended. The Beatles disbanded. Nixon was president. Perhaps there had been a “cultural revolution” but the counterculture hadn’t won – they’d only planted seeds. They’d win later. Perhaps they finally won this week – but back … Continue reading

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