Is Starting a Small Business a Cure for Unemployment?

Not everyone is an entrepreneur. This should be obvious. If you've been unemployed for a long time, chances are you have a growing distrust of the market's ability to reward hard work and initiative. This is also known as "perspective." Read more [...]
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Laid Off: Four Years and Counting

I really didn't expect a layoff. The University President and the CFO broke the news me just before the weekly executive meeting I normally attended. I told them I wouldn't be at that meeting; "I have work to do." I immediately went back to my office and started looking for my next job. Read more [...]
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Government By Stuff

I have always critiqued those arguing for small government because in my viewed, cutting government just to cut it can have disasterous consequences. One must in all fairness ask whether those who argue for few possessions are open to the same critique. Read more [...]
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What India Taught Me About How to End Hunger

Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but by a scarcity of democracy. Read more [...]
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A Reassessment

Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result is a well-known sign of insanity. It will also drive a sane person to madness. I must conserve what sanity I have left. Read more [...]
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On the Duty of Fiscal Disobedience

OWS stated implicitly and explicitly that Washington, DC though full of sound and fury, signifies nothing. The nation’s true political center of gravity is no longer Washington, but Wall Street. Read more [...]
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Easier Hummus: An Experiment in Progress

Today’s culinary experiment was to find an easier way to make an old favorite, hummus. In the past, I used canned garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), tahini, spices, etc. and chopped/mixed them in a blender until they were a smooth, yummy paste. Read more [...]
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Save Money On Your Medical Bills: Pay Cash

Unknown to most consumers, many hospitals and physicians offer steep discounts for cash-paying patients regardless of income. But there's a catch: Typically you can get the lowest price only if you don't use your health insurance. Read more [...]
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TED Talk: Why Income Inequality Hurts Society

After so many years of an increasing gulf between rich and poor, it should be obvious to even marginally objective observers that such a gap has very negative consequences. Read more [...]
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Christmas, Then and Now

This is one of many reasons why Christmas is as relevant today as ever. As we descend into the election season, we see the parade of candidates, would-be charlatans and pretenders to the throne, many wrapping themselves in a cloak of corrosive, self-righteous piety. Meanwhile in city after city, nation after nation, nonviolent people fill the streets on behalf of the dispossessed, forcefully urging, nudging, pressing us all towards a better world. Read more [...]
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