Threats to Democracy: Ignorance and Zombie Lies

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  Ignorance and Zombie Lies are Threats to Democracy Government of the people, by the people, for the people: That is the crux of democracy. And it is under attack in the United States, mostly by the right, but also by politicians on the left who, as the price for participation in lawmaking, become beholden to corporations. (Pardon the highfalutin talk. I’ve been watching Deadwood this weekend, and the language is seeping into my subconscious). In a democracy, government reflects its people. This is true even in a republic, through the principle of each person hiring their representatives. There are several dimensions to…

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Charles Koch Takes over as Supreme Leader of the USA

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Well, no.  Not yet.  But the Koch brothers, including Charles Koch, are well on their way.  Today the University of Florida at Tampa Bay announced that with a measley 1.5 million dollar grant, a foundation owned by the Koch brothers has bought the right to choose public university faculty for the economics program they are bankrolling. We all know (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) that the golden rule is really “those who have the gold make the rules), but this is new.  Unprecedented.  The Kochs understand the true value of a public education — and they’re doing everything they can to decimate…

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The Tornadoes in the South: Or; Why Government Matters

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Depending on the news source, nearly, or slightly over, 300 people in the southeastern United States died last week as the direct result of tornadoes.  Tornadoes destroyed millions of dollars worth of property, and provided yet another excuse for oil companies to up the price of gasoline to the consumer (anyone who thinks its a reason and not an excuse has not been paying attention to domestic oil company profit margins). Tornadoes are an act of God, you say.  (Some truly despicable people are actually claiming they are retribution for something or other.  Anyhow).  What does government have to do…

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Health Care, Freedom, and Human Capital

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  Used with Permission Barry Deutsch, who posts as Ampersand over at Alas, a Blog, posted the above cartoon yesterday. I have also been trying to make the same point for some time, both online during the great Twitter battle of 2010, and at my former day job, where I worked for a public hospital as a mental health professional. I have been, personally, warring with myself over the “must have good health insurance” vs. “really want a job that meets my life mission” issue for a long time.  Ideally, I’d like to work part time as a mental health…

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