Category Archives: Social Safety Net

A Fresh Array of Useful Idiots

This seems to be the third in a series – not that it was planned this way, but Wisconsin happens: Embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker defended a budget bill that would slash public workers’ benefits and most collective bargaining rights … Continue reading

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Ambushed by an Insult

If you’re so smart how come you’re not rich? That’s the ultimate American insult – you’ve got your anti-intellectual resentment and anger mixed with blustering panicked insecurity. And in an odd way that question seems to be at the core … Continue reading

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Facebook in the Age of Social Holocaust

The people of Egypt may have used Facebook to start a revolution – which may or may not actually topple the government. There has been much written about that – see Newsweek with Inside Egypt’s Facebook Revolt for example. But … Continue reading

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Our Ways of Telling Ourselves Who We Are

How Americans like to think of themselves changes over time – we’re bold and daring, and the kind of folks who say what they mean and to hell with anyone who’s offended by our loud bluntness, but we’re also live-and-let … Continue reading

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Survival of the Kindest and Least Righteous

Those of us of Czech heritage don’t exactly fit in – it’s that Middle European fatalism you might expect, but mixed with playful cynicism, with a dash of comic irreverence. We’re not all doom and gloom like the Scandinavians, or … Continue reading

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What We Need

On Wednesday, December 16, it was hard to see that there was anything else to talk about but Joe Lieberman and how he had decided the way healthcare should be reconfigured in America, as he had the one and only … Continue reading

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