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Do the Ends Justify the Means? (EP.69)

Summary Do the ends justify the means? No, never. Never? Never. Why? First off, all means are ends in and of themselves. If that is not a sufficient answer, know that unless you are the one who is always in control of the means, when someone else is on control of the means from time-to-time, those perhaps inappropriate and unpleasant means could be used against you, justified by the pursuit of the ends those folks had in mind. And you may very well disagree with those chosen ends all while...


Columbus Day (EP.68)

Summary Q 1. Should we celebrate Columbus Day? A. Of course. The opening of the Americas to European countries was a monumental development. Q 2. Was Christopher Columbus intelligent, courageous, and dedicated to his beliefs and goals despite years of rejection? A. Yes. All three, and at levels that allowed him to play a pivotal role in history. Q 3. Was Columbus a deeply flawed man, who savaged the indigenous populations? A. Yes, he was deeply flawed. As was every great man or woman in...


Profiling (EP.67)

Summary Q 1. What’s wrong with profiling? A. Nothing; it is a vital tool, and useful in a variety of situations. Q 2. So, why are we talking about it? A. This word, along with so many other terms that are in common usage, has been co-opted by those among us who wish to rewrite key word definitions to suit their agendas. Kinda like re-writing history, but that is another podcast. People who do things like this are truth-twisters. Links and References Racial or Racist? Offense is in the Eye of...


Free Speech and Love (EP.66)

Summary What is the connection between free speech and love? This one is pretty easy. Let’s start with the love part. It is easy to love people who are loveable. We don’t need to be encouraged or told to do that; it just comes easily and naturally. It is harder to love people we merely tolerate. And what’s this about loving our enemies? The admonition, the encouragement, to love one another is not focused on loving the loveable, it is focused on loving the unlovable. It is the same with free...


J’Accuse…Kavanaugh! (EP.65)

Summary Alfred Dreyfus was a French Jewish artillery officer whose trial and conviction in 1894 on charges of treason can easily be seen as a precursor to the Kavanaugh trial--yes, trial. And it is past time that those of us on this side of the Atlantic know of this willful travesty of justice. Known today as the Dreyfus affair, the incident eventually ended with Dreyfus's complete exoneration. No, this podcast is not simply about drawing a parallel between what France did to Dreyfus and...


WWE Politics (EP.64)

Summary World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), is correctly more well known for its posing and posturing entertainment rather than the their supposed core product--wrestling. Replete with stylized good guys and bad guys, overdressed, overacting and anything goes--not matter how ridiculous--to increase their notoriety, leverage with their fan base to increase the power and influence of the WWE--the entity that pays them and makes it all possible. Now, let’s make some substitutions: Republicans...


Microaggressions (EP.63)

Summary What is a microaggression? And why the need to come up with a new issue? Here’s what Merriam-Webster has to say: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority). I would add the majority gender, women, are also included in the definition of microaggression targets. Why was the term microaggression invented? Links and References Everyday Wisdom: “Life is Hard”...


The Economy? Stupid! (EP.62)

Summary "The economy, stupid", was the winning phrase James Carville coined as a campaign strategist in Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush. This outlined the winning strategy; other “mission statement” slogans, including options like focusing on change vs. more of the same, and social issues including healthcare lost out. Good thing; it defeated a sitting president. Links and References Economics 101 Economics Definitions...


Never Forget! Really? (EP.61)

Summary The World War II generation implored us to “Never Forget!” the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. And for many years, radio, TV, newspapers and magazines shouted the message annually, complete with photos, film and recordings. Does anybody remember any kind of meaningful remembrance on a recent December 7th? Neither do I. And the sneak attack on the Twin Towers is slowly being forgotten, soon to be relegated to the same kind of dim memory as Pearl Harbor. And with...


Nike: Goddess of Victory (EP.60)

Summary Nike was the Greek winged goddess of victory--victory both in war and in peaceful competition. The current international, yes, international, controversy intentionally generated by Nike with the hiring of former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick as its spokesman, is far more warlike than peaceful. (Nike employed about 74,400 people worldwide in 2017, with global revenues of more than $34B.) Links and References Racial or Racist? Activists Don’t Want Peace Off The Pigs Contact Please do reach...


Ask the Right Questions (EP.59)

Summary I once heard noted author and speaker Tony Robbins say, “If you want better answers, you need to ask better questions.” when I first heard him say that, I thought he was way off base. I mean, a question is a question, right? You get the answer and you move on. I have discovered that Tony was right, and I was wrong. Links and References Charter Schools Make Public Schools Better. Abortion Is Illegal Immigration Illegal? Workfare Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions....


Family Communism (EP.58)

Summary Most well-functioning families are communist. Remember Mark’s founding principle, “From each according to their ability, and to each according to their needs.” Don’t families function that way, with the parents doing all they can to meet the needs of their children? Links and References Social Trust Economic Definitions Zero Sum Game Common Goals Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at, or connect with me on Twitter,...


Economics Definitions (EP.57)

Summary Economic Definitions? Really? How could that be important, or even not crashingly boring? In a world where we are seeing headlines that appear--appear--to advertise the clash between socialism and capitalism, we need to have at least basic definitions of those deeply misunderstood terms. And we are seeing more people and organizations wanting to abolish profit. Try these thoughts on for size: 1. Capitalism is necessary for democratic socialism to have anything to redistribute and...


“Pursuit of Happiness” (EP.56)

Summary "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase in the Declaration of Independence. These "unalienable rights" are given to all human beings by their Creator. There are to be protected and defended by governments. Note the Declaration said “Pursuit of happiness.” It made it clear that happiness itself was not to be protected and defended, while life and liberty were. Links and References Size of Government Life is Hard Can’t or Won’t? Contact Please do reach out...


Blame Game (EP.55)

Summary Q. How do you win the Blame Game? A. Don’t play. In our personal lives, we should always accept 100% responsibility. Yes, I said 100%. No exceptions. When we listen to politicians, remember they rarely accept any responsibility for anything. They will take 100% of the credit, and place 100% of the blame. Links and References Passing Our Debts to Our Children Common Sense And Politics “God Helps Those…” Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at...


“I’m Pro Choice!” (EP.54)

Summary I’m Pro Choice. Aren’t you? Aren’t we all? We all like to make our own choices. Restaurants, entertainment, faith--or lack thereof--where we work and live, who we marry, or if we marry, political and economic philosophy, movies, what’s for dinner. Are we going to have children? These are all personal choices. Somehow, we have allowed the term pro choice to mean that someone saying it supports paid abortion on demand. Links and References Abortion Ratchet Effect Charter Schools Make...


Life Improving Dramatically; Protests Expanding (EP.53)

Summary Life is getting better along almost all fronts. The overall rates of violence and gun deaths have been falling for decades. The poverty percentages are falling, and even the poorest in the US live at about the international median. Institutional racism and sexism are all but gone, and individual wrongs in both areas continue to decline even as the definition of what constitutes a wrong expand. With those things being true, what explains the continuing increase in both the number and...


In Praise of Identity Politics (EP.52)

Summary The increasing controversy about Identity Politics, groups of people identified by gender, ethnicity, etc., and Intersectionality, urging those identified groups to band together against oppressors (usually identified as white males), entirely misses the point. Use different criteria to define these groups, and everything works. Links and References The Dinner Table “God Helps Those…” Young, Poor and Angry Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at...


Classical Liberalism (EP. 51)

Summary Classical Liberalism was birthed over eight hundred year ago with the signing of the Magna Carta, Magna Carta Libertatum, Medieval Latin for “Great Charter of the Liberties”, in 1215. This was the first crack in the “Divine Right of Kings”, which eventually led to the recognition of the “divine rights” of all people as endowed by their Creator as proclaimed in the American Declaration of Independence. Links and References Economics 101 Size of Government We Must All Hang Together...


Why We Vote (EP.50)

Summary Do you know why you vote? (Or do you?) Out of obligation? The positive reason of wanting your (well-researched, please) candidate and party to win? Perhaps the negative reason of wanting the other, disliked, candidate or party to win. And what about voting on tax-related issues; are you an automatic “Yes?” or “No?” Links and References Don’t Vote Common Goals Life is Hard Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at, or...