Category Archives: Governance

Basal Ingredients Of Society • 4

Re: Diane Ravitch • Why Douglas County, Colorado, Vouchers Were Ruled Unconstitutional Freedom of religion depends on the separation of church and state. That’s what they taught us back in the last millennium, even in Texas, maybe even especially in … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 3

Re: Michael Hays • How to Fix the College Debt Problem Once we are clear about the principles that govern the role of education in a democratic society then we can begin to reason out optimal ways of providing for … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 2

Re: Michael Hays • How to Fix the College Debt Problem The rationale for Universal Free Public Education is that a certain level of education is necessary for a person to function as a full-fledged citizen in a well-tempered and … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 1

What was it called? — spinthariscope? — it came from a science kit I got as a kid … I might as well jump in medias res … Re: Michael Hays • How to Fix the College Debt Problem Better … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • Prologue

I chose the acronym BIOS to suggest the vital elements of life in society, a life in association with others, and not just any association but one whose flickers of life are sustainable for more than a few vicissitudes of … Continue reading

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These are the times that try men’s soles

You see, even though back then Barack was a Senator and a presidential candidate … to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually … Continue reading

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Our Ship Of State❢ Behold Its Wake❢

O Speech Divine — You touched our hearts, You stirred our minds. But when we brush the tears away And turn our faces toward the day, We beg of you but one thing just: Look Homeward, Angel, Look Home — … Continue reading

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To Avoid The Abyss

We have come to the edge of a moral abyss. The abyss is telling us — “Stop.  Do not go this way.  Turn and go another way.” A simple message.  Easy to obey.  But there may be other forces in … Continue reading

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When It Reigns It Poors

Corporate-owned financial institutions pull off the most massive theft of the Common Wealth in American history and the corporate-owned media wring their hands about the “economic downturn”. We are told it’s time for “austerity measures” and “shared sacrifice” — all … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Choice

Choices at one level of freedom depend on enabling or prerequisite choices being available at more basic levels of freedom. A situation of Pseudo-Choice is created when you offer people a choice at a high level of freedom without ensuring … Continue reading

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