Mark Twain wrote out of experience of the decades just before the twentieth century began. Back...Read More
From an AP article at the Atlanta Journal Constitution site, on Friday October 24, 2008: Wall Street joined stock markets around the world in a huge selloff Friday, sending major market indexes to their lowest levels in more...Read More
Our highly reputable (not) Bush Administration wants $700 BILLION (take my word for it – that’s a lot of bucks) to hand out when and if it pleases to whomever it pleases without accountability either now or in the...Read More
Once and Future Crash(es) In 1954 John Kenneth Galbraith published The Great Crash: 1929, analyzing the stock market crash of late 1929, with suggestions about preventing its recurrence. [Quotes are from the 1961 Riverside Press...Read More
I saw somewhere the other day, for the first time, the acronymn FWO’s – for “Formerly Well Off” persons. The economic state of the USA is changing and people know it, and already there are increasing...Read More
John Howard Yoder vigorously believes that Jesus’ teaching was very practical and very this-worldly. The spiritual, metaphysical, theological, religious meaning of his life and teaching – in Jesus’ mind and in...Read More
That’s not an easy question to answer. The Bible criticizes the wealthy, sometimes individually, sometimes for specific behaviors, sometimes even as a group. But it also has harsh words for some of the poor, sometimes...Read More
Where’s the outrage?A real antiwar movement would end our Iraq disaster. But the middle class doesn’t care enough to protest, so the kids who go to community college will keep dying. “The kids who go to...Read More
The only President that’s balanced the budget in the last 40 years is William Jefferson Clinton and he’s a Democrat. You can’t trust the Republicans with your money. -Howard Dean in Connecticut this...Read More
That is the clear import of an article in the Washington Post. “The reports are stunning,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “What’s critical is the consistency of...Read More
The New Living Translation (1996, International Bible Society, Colorado Springs) is sometimes fun to read, though not the most reliable or scholarly of the translations available in English. But this, which we read in church...Read More
Isaiah 58 (like much of Isaiah) is awesome. For example, here’s verse 2. 2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the...Read More
The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government. Teddy Roosevelt No source for this. Sorry. But it’s true...Read More
Back to those quaint rural folks and their quaint notions. Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of...Read More
Egalitarian: adj. affirming political, economic, and social equality for all [< Fr. egalite] Defined that way, I’d have some problems with the idea, unless we’re pretty careful how we define “equality”....Read More
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