Tag Archives: Ukraine Crisis

Resolving Conflict Resolution

Libertarians are a ton of fun, and so are the free-market absolutists, and the Ayn Rand folks. They hold, each in their own way, that if everyone were allowed to do whatever they wanted, with no rules and regulations, and … Continue reading

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Nothing Doing

The Vietnam War was raging and escalating rapidly and the war protests were beginning – the college kids, and then the clergy, and then “normal” people were taking to the streets – and in August, 1965, there were the Watts … Continue reading

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The Work in the Background

One of the advantages of being old – and not dead quite yet – is that you can talk about the good old days, when they were really good, if anyone will listen. Talk of the sixties can be tiresome, … Continue reading

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The Guns of August Again

Clarence Darrow, famous for defending science, and inquiry that leads to new insights about what’s really going on, at that Scopes Trial in 1925, didn’t have much use for those who would say that this is the way things have … Continue reading

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Character Judgment

There may be no such thing as love at first sight – just one set of neuroses running into a generally complimentary set of other neuroses, to each party’s immense relief – but sometimes one just knows that other person … Continue reading

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Most Likely to Succeed

Don’t look back. You’ll be reminded of better days, now gone, when you were young and relatively cool, and probably thin. Or you’ll be reminded of something deeply embarrassing, long forgotten, and forgotten for a reason. You might also be … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Missing Crises

Crises are useful – they can rouse a sleepy and casual and self-absorbed public to action, even to war, but they can also be used to make good money. The news media figured that out. In the early sixties, the … Continue reading

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