Tag Archives: social responsibility

The destruction of community

There was a time when if I saw a man being abusive to a woman, I could with some confidence, intervene verbally. If he got angry with me, I could continue my verbal intervention, or walk away…if he got physically aggressive towards me, I could reasonably count on other bystanders coming to my aid. Today, […]

Going once, going twice, Sold to the guy willing and able to spend the most money…

Welcome to our democracy, built on the solid foundation of a capitalist system run amok. I cannot count the number of times each day I am asked to contribute to one political campaign or another. $3.00 or $5.00 will do. And if I did, for each of them, each day, it would cost me more […]

Class Warfare

The current class warfare began without comment when  the economic rationale for an all volunteer military trumped any  other  social considerations. The thinking went this way: poor kids with no job opportunities can find work in the army, make a living, pay taxes,  and earn a good retirement. Kids from the middle-class  and above will […]

First Comes The Music

That thought, First comes the music then comes the dance, occurred to me at a wedding. We were heading down to where we were supposed to  receive dance lessons in some kind of Klesmer dance steps but when I arrived the band was playing and everyone was dancing with whatever steps seemed to fit the […]

Oligarchy and Democracy

Perhaps one way to understand Obama’s relationship to the Elites is for us all to stop either whimpering or recriminating and recognize that he, like all Presidents, merely rents the house that the Elites own. He can make some limited repairs, some customizing to suit his understanding of the world and what’s politically important ( […]

Archetypes Can’t Tell Time

One way to understand the idea of “making a judgement” is to think about it as a choice that can be made in the gap between a stimulus and a response. It is, of course, the polar opposite of automatic, and its effectiveness is dependent upon the length of time available in that gap.  That […]

Descent into Democracy

An article in this morning’s Washington Post got me thinking. It was telling the story of the new magic media: texting, twittering, tweeting, twits, twizzles and whatever other “t” words are used to describe the instant messaging that goes on between people no longer in voice proximity. In this particular case, the subject of the […]