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In Praise of Identity Politics (EP.52)

8/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:09:55

Classical Liberalism (EP. 51)

8/10/2018
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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...

Duration:00:08:29

Why We Vote (EP.50)

8/7/2018
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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 will@resultswithreason.com, or...

Duration:00:07:45

Racial or Racist? (EP.49)

8/3/2018
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Summary Racism. Racial. Let’s understand and get comfortable with the vital differences between these two useful terms. Importantly, if something is simply racial, let’s not brand it racist. Links and References School Funding “We Must All Hang Together…” Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at will@resultswithreason.com, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you can subscribe to the podcast on your favorite device through Apple...

Duration:00:09:08

Workfare (EP. 48)

7/31/2018
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Summary Should people who accept welfare be required to work? Seems like a fair question. (Note that I did not add qualifiers like “able-bodied” or “working age.”) What is your answer? Links and References Statue of Responsibility (Blog only) Money and Dignity Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at will@resultswithreason.com, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you can subscribe to the podcast on your favorite device through Apple...

Duration:00:08:36

Money and Dignity (EP.47)

7/27/2018
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Summary There is a lot of talk from some quarters supporting giving people what they need in areas like healthcare and housing, as well as in cash, with a growing call for a guaranteed income. The reasons given include these benefits being “human rights” and that conferring these benefits and cash will allow the recipients to live in “dignity.” The truth: like a feeling of accomplishment, dignity cannot be granted, it can only be earned. Links and References Life is Hard Brother’s Keeper...

Duration:00:08:28

Economics 101 (EP. 46)

7/24/2018
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Summary With all of the conversation about capitalism vs. socialism, healthcare and housing being human rights vs. doing things for yourself, and redistributing wealth vs. keeping what you make, there is one thing glaringly missing: Simple, basic economic lessons. Links and References Ratchet Effect Socialism Works Moral Compass Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at will@resultswithreason.com, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And...

Duration:00:09:09

What if Mexico Had Won? (EP.45)

7/20/2018
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Summary Personal freedom, opportunity, and an honest and non-meddling government mean far more to a society and it’s success than geography, climate and natural resources. Everyone, perhaps especially those who live south of our border, should be happy that Mexico lost the in 1848. Links and References The Dinner Table “Give A Man A Fish…” Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at will@resultswithreason.com, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and...

Duration:00:10:00

Killing The Golden Goose (EP.44)

7/17/2018
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Summary Aesop tells us of a farmer who had a magical goose; one that would lay golden eggs. The farmer lived well enough selling the eggs, but he got impatient; in his ignorance of how things worked, he cut the goose open to get all the eggs at once. Is our society doing the same thing; killing the goose that lays the golden eggs? Links and References Moral Compass Responsibility Flow (chart) Ratchet Effect Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at...

Duration:00:10:00

The Dinner Table (EP.42)

7/10/2018
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Summary Some of the most valuable and enduring lessons that we need to learn are best taught at home. Conversations at the dinner table is one way, but activities and conversations in the car, during exercise, or while just hanging out are all wonderful opportunities. I include all of it under “The Dinner Table.” Links and References “Give a Man a Fish…” “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at will@resultswithreason.com, or...

Duration:00:07:56

Delayed Gratification (EP.41)

7/6/2018
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Summary Delayed gratification is putting off what you’d like to have today to achieve your major goals tomorrow. Every major personal or societal goal demands a high degree of delayed gratification. Links and References Life is Hard Passing Our Debts To Our Children Charter Schools Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at will@resultswithreason.com, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you can subscribe to the podcast on your...

Duration:00:10:42

Socialism Works (EP.40)

7/3/2018
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Summary Socialism does indeed work--for a while. “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister. Links and References Karl Marx Was Right Give a Man A Fish Democratic Socialists of America NYC Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at will@resultswithreason.com, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you can subscribe to the podcast on your favorite...

Duration:00:12:01

“God Helps Those…” (EP.39)

6/29/2018
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“God helps those who help themselves.” After all, it’s in the bible, right? Wrong. It is nowhere to be found in the bible. If you disagree, please feel free to consult the text or your favorite bible sources and experts and come back to me. But just because that isn’t in the bible, does not mean that we are not called to the task of helping those who help themselves. In fact, it is one of the two main callings, one of the two main parts, of the Results With Reason belief set Normally we...

Duration:00:07:55

Handouts: EP: 38

6/26/2018
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The way I have opened all of our podcasts is, “...with today’s personal, financial and political Thought/Action message." At the outset of this podcast effort. This communications mission, was my desire to communicate three different sets of rules, ways of thinking, required for success in each of those three areas; personal, financial and political--politics increasingly affecting all of us. The more I thought about it, the more it became clear that the basic, the fundamental rules were...

Duration:00:10:42

Crab Mentality (EP.37)

6/22/2018
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(Podcast teaser only. Please go to the podcast for more.) In an earlier podcast, 19 episodes ago, Obedience and Discipline, we looked at the valuable lessons we can learn from a Poodle. Today, we are doing to learn from crabs. Yes, crabs. A single crab in a bucket or cooking pot can easily escape. If there is more than one crab in the container, the other crabs won’t let him out; they will pull at his legs making it impossible to exit. And we humans often do the same thing. And we are...

Duration:00:08:12

Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs (EP.36)

6/19/2018
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(Podcast teaser only. Please go to the podcast for more.) If you have heard this phrase, you’ll know that it is intended to divide the world into those three categories: Wolves, the predators--and not the ecologically necessary ones. Just plain bad guys; perhaps even evil. Sheep, the wolves’ victims. Not always the weak and unwilling to fight back; just powerless against their wolves. And the sheepdogs; those of us who protect the sheep from the wolves. This phrase, this concept, is often...

Duration:00:08:12

“We Must All Hang Together…” (EP.35)

6/15/2018
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(Podcast teaser only. Please go to the podcast for more.) “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately.” At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Founders, the signers, the revolutionaries, not surprisingly seen as traitors by the British Crown, George III, would all be hung by the neck until dead, unless they hung together, somehow managing to rally this tiny, new country sufficiently to defeat the mightiest military power on earth. The mightiest...

Duration:00:11:17

“Cuppa Joe and a Sinker” (EP.34)

6/12/2018
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(Podcast teaser only. Please go to the podcast for more.) How many remember that phrase? I meant a cup--a mug, actually, of coffee and a plain donut that was dipped in the coffee before each bite. That was my practice back in the day. And that practice seemed downright elegant compared to some of my coffee experience in the field in the Army. I can clearly remember being in the field using Signal Corp wire and a no. 10 (large) can to use grounds for the third time to make truly horrendous...

Duration:00:08:50

Resenting Success (EP.33)

6/8/2018
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I am in the beginning stages of a 16 day road trip, taking my fun, if impractical, second car, intentionally traveling on “back roads” from my home in Colorado Springs, to my first destination, Chico, to visit my eldest son and his family. It is my second night on the road, staying in a quaint, down home hotel, in a small, down home town in the middle of nowhere on Hwy 50. In the middle of nowhere, going from no place to the next place. Ah, but the people in these no places are unique....

Duration:00:08:08

Abortion (EP.32)

6/5/2018
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(Podcast teaser only. Please go to the podcast for more.) This is a highly controversial subject, but it should not be. Using simple common sense, it becomes so very clear cut. In the United States alone, we perform/allow over one million--one million abortions each and every year. I start with this concrete fact to alert all of us to the critical nature of this discussion, and to the vital importance of getting the answer to this much discussed and controversial question absolutely right....

Duration:00:08:24