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Not One of Us

2019-04-16T20:20:49+00:00April 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Human beings are probably as tribal in instinct as any species could ever be. At any particular moment, any particular one of us can identify ourselves as being a member of not one, not a dozen, but likely several dozen tribes of one sort or another. For example, we might identify as being an American citizen, a member of Red Sox Nation, a member of

Greed Is Good

2019-04-10T19:50:28+00:00April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Nikita Khrushchev’s shoe-banging braggadocio to the contrary, capitalism has pretty much vanquished communism and established itself as the world’s most successful economic ideology. When you think about it, though, how could it have turned out otherwise? In the cause of creating material wealth, which, to the human psyche, represents survival itself, capitalism harnesses the enormous energy of self-interest, while communism (as well as socialism, its

Pogo Rules

2019-04-03T18:50:41+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

In the eyes of the IRS and U.S. law, a corporation is a ‘person.’ While this view may be a convenience to the IRS and the courts, not to mention a lawyer or two, the rest of us cannot escape the fact that, in order for a corporation to be a person in anything other than the titular sense, it must have, besides a head,

Celebrity Status

2019-03-27T17:31:38+00:00March 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Why are we so fixated on celebrities? Why do we seek them out? Why do we beg for their autographs? Why do we shoot selfies outside their rumored places of residence? Why do we monitor their tweets? Why do we hang on their very public word? Why do we try to make ourselves look like them? Why do we memorialize them with icons and wall-hangings

Friends for Life

2019-03-20T15:26:19+00:00March 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

We are massively connected in our time in one sense; massively dis-connected in another. We are massively connected primarily by way of modern communications systems: Internet, iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype, et al. Within seconds, we can be in lingual contact with almost any other human being on the planet. We are also massively connected today by way of modern transportation systems: automobile, airplane,

The Gander-ites vs. the Goose-ites

2019-03-12T15:51:20+00:00March 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Have we balkanized ourselves out of any meaningful notion of nationhood (‘from sea to shining sea’)? Is what is good for the gander-ites in New York State today likely to be what is good for the goose-ites in Wyoming? Is a young man packing heat in the first-mentioned venue, for instance, of the same concern as a young man toting a shotgun in the second?

Never Again!

2019-03-06T14:02:55+00:00March 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were gassed or starved to death, oaths of moral outrage could be heard around the globe. Never again! The entire world would rise up as one and crush the monsters into oblivion We humans appear to be far better at forgetting, however, than at remembering. In just the past forty years alone, for example,

Why the Catholic Church Will Not Change

2019-02-27T18:16:00+00:00February 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

There are two types of religion in the world: Respectful (we don’t know all the answers), and coercive (we know all the answers). Catholicism is of the coercive type. It survives (even thrives) through flagrant use of fear and intimidation. One example is all that’s needed to bring home the point. Consider Michelangelo’s ‘Judgment Day’ fresco on the rear wall of the Sistine Chapel. Take

More on Retirement

2019-02-20T16:16:49+00:00February 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In regard to financing retirement in our culture today, what about the possibility of implementing the concept of a guaranteed minimum income for all, birth to death, to eliminate need for any piecemeal safety-net programs, including social security? I believe this concept is active in one or more of the Scandinavian countries. Finland? Denmark? As for myself, I fear it is too late now to

On Retirement

2019-02-16T20:13:08+00:00February 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|

My father built a marina in Cape Vincent, NY, back in the early sixties. Cape Vincent, a tiny village of 795, sits where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario, about three hours north and east of Rochester. At the time, Rochester was home to such mega-employers as Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb. My father had noticed that many of the blue-collar employees affiliated

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