Russia as an Enemy of the United StatesI believe that most of the concerns about Russia are overblown. (See this for the argument.) In fact, I put it into the public hysterics category. But to the extent that Russia is opposed to the US, and it is, I put most of the blame on the US. Russia desperately wanted to be part of the West, and for many years bent over backwards trying to be.
What the Republican Tax Bill Portends for the FutureI haven’t written about this before because I don’t have a great deal to say that hasn’t been said by other people. The bill is an obvious cash grab by various private interests which will cause great hardship. The idea that it will “pay for itself” is ludicrous, and no one with a shred of intellectual integrity believes it.
Money Is Power and Billionaires Can Subvert DemocracyMoney is the ability to tell other people how to spend their time: what to make, what to do. It is that simple. The Washington Post has a story about how the Gates foundation pushed the Common Core curriculum. The details are there, but the bottom line is that once they decided to do it, it happened fast:This wasn’t done “democratically”, it was done with money, which bought officials.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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