Agribusiness versus Joseph in Egypt

One of the reasons I supported Bernie Sanders for president was his support of family farms against the abuses of agribusiness. He mentioned agribusiness again in a recent speech about health care in Iowa so I thought it would be a good time to discuss an article in the February 2016 issue of Harper’s entitled The…

There Are Worse Things Than Losing a Primary

Hillary put herself in a very bad place when she shut Bernie out of the primary. Now there are stories that confirm our worst suspicions. Like the one about how her donors threatened to call it quits if she lost Nevada, and her brilliant plan to cheat Bernie in Nevada, because what could go wrong?…

Democrats: Stop Using the Intelligence Bureaucracy to Fight Trump

The circus of the 2016 election was too weird to be explained by ambition. I suspected one of three motives. Keep in mind that I may have been in a state of paranoia: The geopolitical situation is so precarious that the oligarchs are afraid they’ll lose their hold on world domination if they give up…

A Request for Forgiveness

Until I spent time trying to phrase this apology I didn’t fully appreciate how much courage it takes to share a spiritual experience. I’m only doing it now because I think I may have offended someone. I made a sweeping statement in the last article about how religion works. I realize I should probably qualify…

Karma is Not Ours to Wield

Karma: noun (In Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. informal destiny or fate as effect from cause. political uses a mechanism of social control. It may be true that everyone will eventually pay for their own stupidity,…

The Young Turks’ Foot-in-Mouth Problem

Here is a summation of what’s been going on between The  Young Turks’ Jordan Chariton and various other progressives.  This article will give you Jordan’s view as well as the views of H.A. Goodman, Tim Black, and Niko House.  It will take a while to read it and watch the videos, but it will be…

First Step: Expunge Plato and Aristotle from History

I’m forcing myself to read The Republic. I have to force myself because it’s painful. Apologists have been accepting this lie without hesitation for 2500 years and they would like to continue for another 2500 years.  In this article I’ll talk about Melissa Lane’s 2007 introduction for the Penquin Classics edition. Although she begins by…

A Presidency Trump Can’t Refuse

I think Trump believed he was working for the Clinton campaign and he didn’t intend to become president. Maybe that’s why he was so overwhelmed last January at his White House visit with Obama. He wasn’t supposed to be there and he feared the worst.  I don’t know how a transition is supposed to work…

Methinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much

I wasn’t talking about David Icke in the last article, but my goodness, I must have struck a nerve. His ‘Me Me Me’ video is the creepiest video I have ever watched. Not only is the content creepy, the video started playing after I turned off YouTube. Maybe I was meant to hear it. I…

The King of the World and Other Nonsense

Well, it seems Donald Trump has disappointed some of his backers. As I watch their desperate pleas go unheeded it’s becoming painfully obvious that they really believed he would fix the country. Of course it’s not at all clear where this faith came from. Did it come from Trump’s temperament? His business record? His marital…

Irreconcilable Differences?

We’re all aware of the conflict in the Catholic Church between those who want the Church to be more modern and those who want it to maintain traditional discipline and forms of worship. For those of us on the outside, the public comments have been so cryptic and contradictory it’s impossible to know which way…