Sometimes one simply has to stand in awe at the evil genius of Conservative messaging strategists. In some cases, the addition or omission of a single word can change the national debate. Consider the following two statements.

“Schools are teaching about Critical Race Theory.”

“Schools are teaching Critical Race Theory.”


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As our country navigates the transition in national leadership, one of the most pressing problems for the incoming administration — and the country at large — is how to heal the deep sociopolitical divisions that have become apparent. Until this is addressed, progress on most other issues will be impeded.


Getting right to the point, in regard to taxation and budgeting at the Federal level, common wisdom holds that:

  • When proposing any new Federal program, the first question must be: “How will we pay for it?”
  • (… and its corollary) Any Federal program or initiative is constrained by, and limited…

Many of us, especially on the Left, are puzzled and dismayed by the vehemence with which much of Trump’s support base will cling to him despite all of the offenses, outrages, and failures.

There is probably not one simple explanation that accounts for all, but one factor that seems likely…


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Ever since his win in 2016, Donald Trump and his escapades have been an incessant topic of discussion on talk shows and social media. …


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The difficulty in crafting an economic stimulus response to the coronavirus crisis only highlights a contradiction that has always existed in today’s monetary system — yet is rarely acknowledged. Money currently serves two functions that are in opposition. It is both a medium-of-exchange and a store-of-value. …


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A popular aphorism cynically holds that “Life is a bitch (i.e. struggle), then you die.” This resonates because most of us are familiar with the suffering that comes from lack or longing, as well as the tension and distress that accompany it. Such tension comes in a myriad of forms…


Who would have thought that a century ago, a couple of dogs, a buzzer, and a physiologist would uncover and demonstrate the means by which life as we know it can be destroyed?

In seminal experiments conducted around 1901, Russian researcher Ivan Pavlov formally identified and demonstrated a principle known…


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Despite the range and complexity of the challenges facing the modern world, a fundamental illusion exists in the currency of society (in both the literal and figurative sense) that magnifies many if not most social and ecological problems. It lies in the universal medium of exchange known as “money”. …


Despite the range of domestic and international challenges currently confronting us as a nation, the recent months have seen an inordinate amount of the nation’s attention taken up by debate over building a wall at our southern border. …

Bill Miller

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