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Author Archives: philosophical Ron
Moments of History – Obama Should Know Better
President Obama, of all people, should know better than to repeat some speech writer’s prattle about the “few moments” of “history taking place.” Continue reading
Posted in History Tagged Egypt, Egyptian Revolution 2011, History, President Obama, speech writers 11 Comments
Is There A Talking Lizard In Your Subconscious Mind? Hope versus Advertising
The Supreme Court’s efforts to shield the freedom of advertising speech from government interference may have left two very interesting avenues for progressive action, arising ironically from the very excellence of manipulative craftsmanship in today’s video advertising Continue reading
Presidential Politics Is A Distraction for Progressives
But please … do something to help save this country from itself, and do something more focused, more long-term and more organized than just sitting with your computer and crying about Obama and fantasizing about some ideal Presidential candidate Continue reading
Dear Tax-Haters: It’s Not Really Your Money
Taxes are the price we pay for living in an advanced economy that allows us to earn the money to support our highly-refined lifestyles. Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged America, American History, civilization, economic history, Economics, taxes 4 Comments
Arguing About Morality is like, so Useless …
Various threads on Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish over the last month or two, and the much-quoted opinion of Judge Vaughn Walker in the California gay marriage case, are calling me to put on my philosophical hat, to set out some … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged modern American politics, morality, Philosophy, politics 14 Comments
The Power of Voting Against
Is this a summer of discontents? It certainly seems less than satisfactory to me, mainly because of what management is doing to me in my first job situation, yet also for a certain lack of vigor, of spirit, in the … Continue reading
Posted in 2010 Elections, American Politics, Democrats, Greens, Republicans Tagged Democratic Party, elections, Green Party, November 2010, Republican Party, voting 1 Comment
The Experience of History in the 21st Century: You’re in the Omelet
Congratulations — we’ve made it deep into the world of the 21st Century of the Christian Era. The human population keeps growing in numbers, and it also keeps growing, as far as we can tell, in complexity: new subcultures, new … Continue reading
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Doubly Damned: Nepotist and Libertarian
Rand Paul represents two themes I don’t like in American politics, Libertarianism and nepotism. Includes a simple reform to effectively help prevent nepotism in American politics. Continue reading
Posted in -KY, 2010 Elections, American Politics, Libertarian 3 Comments
Breaking News – Government Endorses Ron’s First Book!
Using the logic of the advertising and public relations industries, it can now be said that the American government unofficially endorses Ron’s first great book, The Get-Ready Man (1980).
Why I Won’t Be tweeting
I am the historian who wants a History of every single human being in our world, and Twitter is obviously a huge step on the path of recording the thoughts and actions of every individual in today’s world … Yet if you wish me to be Twittering and tweeting … then you need to visit this blog a lot and … help make this blog a big success, so I can hire an assistant … Continue reading
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Will the Republicans Ever Stop Lying?
There was a time when leading Republicans told something like the truth. While there have been moments approaching clarity from individuals, in general the Republican party machine’s message has not followed this path since somewhere around Goldwater in ’64 or … Continue reading
Posted in American Politics, Republicans Tagged politics, Republicans 1 Comment