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Work, for many, is more like dictatorship than democracy

When you see it laid out plainly as in this piece from Vox, you realize why people are so dissatisfied. Most of us spend our work day, which is most of our day, under oppressive, even humiliating conditions that are more like dictatorship than life in a free country.

July 17th, 2017|Happiness, Profit|

Respect for ex-convicts is a successful business model

Hot Chicken Takeover of Columbus, Ohio serves Nashville-style hot chicken and has a brilliant business model: hire ex-cons and treat them with respect. This 4-minute documentary will give you the feels and the thinks.

July 15th, 2017|Profit|

Wrestling’s new villain is named ‘Progressive Liberal.’ Liberals should understand why.

When liberals can finally understand just why the crowds react to him the way they do, they'll start to get how to change their attitude and approach. Empathy instead of condescension, respect instead of contempt for people who are just plain suffering and refusing to let go of what dignity they have left. You don't [...]

July 11th, 2017|Self-evident|

From one war to the next

The essential problem with armed overthrows is that they rarely win the peace. Victory in the battlefield doesn't create sustainable institutions for a civil society. Pop quiz: when did World War 2 end? The fighting may have stopped in 1945 but the real answer is somewhere in 1947-8, when the Marshall Plan and the Occupation in Japan helped restore normalcy and gave the Japanese and Germans back control. That's why they are such strong allies today. That's why Iraq is not. 

July 5th, 2017|Peace|

Jefferson’s powerful last public letter reminds us what Independence Day is all about – The Washington Post

For me, it's about remembering that we weren't born "with saddles on our backs," we weren't born to be exploited but rather, we were born "to assume the blessings & security of self government" and enjoy "the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion." And that by doing so, Americans give the rest of the world permission and courage to do the same.

July 4th, 2017|Happiness|

Why this blog

This blog is about what I don't know and want to know. I see suffering in so many forms as I go through the day and I want to understand the systems which create it. This is just me talking to myself, but you're welcome to eavesdrop, whoever you are. But I can't promise it will make sense to anyone but me. Let's start with the tomatoes.

July 4th, 2017|Self-evident|

Qatar: not just the pronunciation that’s confusing

One day last week, Pres. Trump joined Saudi Arabia and a few other countries in condemning Qatar as a sponsor of terrorism. Qatar probably is, but the Saudis themselves have actions for which the president assured them he would not hold them accountable. In taking sides against Qatar, he put the US into a fight [...]

June 19th, 2017|Peace|

4.1 Miles – The New York Times 

By Daphne Matziaraki This film shows that crucial moment between life and death, where regardless of political beliefs, fears or preparation, some people will go beyond themselves to save a stranger. A coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea. Source: 4.1 Miles

September 30th, 2016|Self-evident|

Would You Hide a Jew From the Nazis? – The New York Times

Nick Kristof reminds us that in 1938, many Americans and Europeans said the same things about Jewish refugees that Donald Trump and Marie Le Pen are saying about Syrian refugees. (They're lying.) In New York City (where a bomb injured 29 people last night) world leaders are meeting for two days to discuss how [...]

September 18th, 2016|Self-evident|

Accidents of grace

Several people have asked me, including my taxi driver, Moses just now, why Africa, why Kilimanjaro? Since they asked in a way that suggests they want a deeper answer, I tried to come up with one. I wasn’t sure myself at first, but now I can find a few reasons. Among them are another [...]

August 6th, 2016|Happiness|

Creatures of habits

I got passed by an ambulance while riding my electric bike to Edward Hospital yesterday. I knew they were headed there, too, and I knew the person inside was probably about to meet my sister, whose 5am shift as ER physician was not quite up. It was one of those moments we all get [...]

July 2nd, 2016|Happiness|

Inalienable: the pursuit of happiness

We pursue wealth hoping it will bring happiness. But as sad, angry rich people everywhere can tell you, that can fail (and make you feel pathetic). Old Capitalism built our world, but it brings violence and exploitation. New Capitalists believe we deserve better.

What if we pursued happiness directly, and treated money as a side effect? What if we did it both individually and as a society? That’s the central question of this blog. Whether you’re an economist, entrepreneur, activist, or just tired of systems of violence and foolishness, I’ll bet you agree it’s worth answering.



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