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Rollie Smith
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Liberalism, Loneliness, and Citizenship
Two articles: one from the Times, another from the Post  give me some insight into our situation. One describes the failure of the liberal mind stemming from Hobbes and Locke through Jefferson and Madison through which we have put individual life, liberty, ...
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Depression 2018
Il pleure
dans mon cœur Comme il
pleut sur la ville ; Quelle est
cette langueur Qui pénètre
mon cœur ?              --Paul
Verlaine 1844-1896 In my translations, I have the poet connecting the rain over
the city to the gloom he feels in his soul and wonderi...
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Why its politics, not the economy, Stupid!
What makes the Great American Depression of 2017
political? I contend that our present national depression
is political, rather than economic or cultural or individual, because this
depression results from the annihilation of public space. Individuals, even...
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The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
One of the signs of the American depression is the opioid
epidemic. Just read the most insightful article "The Poison We Pick” by
Andrew Sullivan in the New York Magazine . “Opioids are just one of the ways
Americans are trying to cope with an inhuman new w...
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Treatment of the American Depression
Here is the conclusion of Andrew Sullivan's excellent article on the Opioid Epidemic in America. It demonstrates the hopeless pain of and hopeless attempt to cure America's political depression.  It’s been several decades since Daniel Bell wrote  The Cultur...
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Does America need a Czar?
The Washington Post today published an article on the younger generation of Russia. Most of the youth are fans of Putin. "The Russian soul," one bright and informed young Russian woman said, "requires a Czar." A Czar or Emperor, like a strong, good parent, ...
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Depression: Making Culture the Source of Politics
Two major beliefs and behaviors cause our Great American Depression.
 One is making politics a means to economy: subordinating politics to the
private realm that satisfies the needs of life. Or, in other words, making
wealth the purpose of politics. The oth...
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Political Depression
What makes the Great American Depression of 2017 political? I contend that our present national depression is political, rather
than economic or cultural or individual, because this depression results from the
destruction of the public. Individuals, even gr...
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Treating the American Depression
Don't Worry, Be Happy! I love that diddi of Bobby McFerrin. According to Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), here is one way to get there. A-C-T. Accept—Coming to terms with the
past. Treatment
starts with honest acceptance and acknowledgement of the state...
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I'm starting my blog again. Am writing an article on the Great American Depression.
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