Category Archives: Americans and Wealth

The Man from the Cult of Success

Of course this one’s going to be an interesting election – you knew that. Obama will be urging fairness and everyone playing by the same rules, and everyone, with no exceptions, pitching in for the common good. And Romney will … Continue reading

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Switching National Myths

The current Republican line is that American workers are, in general, greedy whiners, ruining everything. It’s the business owners, the bold capitalists, who are the real heroes – now under attack by useless employees demanding higher wages, and better or … Continue reading

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We Could Use Some of That Here

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. That is what George Orwell was saying back in 1939, in a review of a new book by Bertrand Russell, and the times were all that different … Continue reading

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Careless People

“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the … Continue reading

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Wanting To Be One of the Useless Hated Rich

Growing up in Pittsburgh in the fifties was a sort of The Adventure of Ozzie and Harriet in the Rust Belt. After those first years in the Czech community down in the dark valley by the even darker river, listening … Continue reading

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A Fractional Revolution

When the people rise up as one and overthrow their oppressors you have a revolution. The people want to take their country back, and they do just that. On the other hand, when two-thirds of the people are quite happy … Continue reading

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A Day in an Alternative Universe

April Fools’ Day is always problematic. People want to punk you. The classic was from 1957 – the BBC news program Panorama ran a pleasant and innocuous segment about spaghetti harvesting in Switzerland, where farmers grow pasta on trees, as … Continue reading

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