Tag Archives: Social Darwinism

Adjusting One’s Personal Theology

Okay, to review, the economist Paul Krugman has called the Ryan budget ludicrous and cruel – “voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness” – and Krugman is not alone. Even those without a Nobel … Continue reading

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No Point in Discussing It

Easter is now over, another of those holidays where the extended family – folks who haven’t seem much of each other recently – gather in late afternoon around a large ham – no, not a flamboyant odd uncle in show … Continue reading

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Always Great Expectations

There’s that amusing scene in Dickens’ Great Expectations – Pip and Herbert, now young men all on their own in London, find themselves falling deeper and deeper in debt, from buying, on credit, all manner of those things that befit … Continue reading

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The Words Used

Let’s talk academics. First, there’s Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, who was our secretary of labor during the Clinton administration. His latest book is Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future – and it is a … Continue reading

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Only in the Abstract

It spite of the fact that the economic social theories that sound nifty never just never seem to work out – like communism, which appealed to half the world for a good part of a century – we do like … Continue reading

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Hijacking Darwin for Fun and Profit

In the old days, rather than talk about congressmen who like to get naked and grope and tickle their male aides, or whether the president was really born in Kenya or Indonesia or wherever, people talked about the big questions. … 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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