STE — 026 : Pseudo-Capitalism

This is Jim Sawyer for Capitalism in Crisis.org Fraud always involves deception.  With increasing frequency, we are beset by fraud-laced schemes.  Remember the Wells-Fargo banking scandal in which two million fake customer accounts were created? Here’s an even more jaw-dropping example of pseudo-capitalism, from Germany. A man bombed a soccer team’s bus, allegedly, but first, […]

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STE – 024 : Commentary on Wells Fargo

This is Jim Sawyer for Capitalism in Crisis.org Wells-Fargo Bank, in April, clawed back an additional $75 million from two executives it now holds accountable for the bank’s five-year sales scandal.  As many as two-million fake customer accounts were opened at management’s behest. Since September, government oversight has forced Wells to walk back blame-shifting onto […]

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Ep 34: Truth Marching On (Featuring The Battle Hymn of the Republic Penned By Julia Ward Howe)

Julia Ward Howe, who penned the Battle Hymn of the Republic—just months after Fort Sumter’s fall—was a writer, poet, abolitionist, social activist and suffragette.  To understand Ward Howe, we must understand her contextually, within the turbulent period in which she lived. Truth goes marching on, she exclaimed, profoundly. What a fitting backdrop for reflection upon […]

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Ep 33: Ike The Barber

Communism has evolved. Remember the old Soviet system?  It crashed in 1991.  In place of markets, Soviets used quotas, fashioned by committees.  Never mind what citizens actually wanted—or needed—stuff was chosen for them by bureaucrats, instead. Of course, when the price system is undermined, disastrous consequences may follow.  For the Soviet system, economic and political […]

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Ep 32: FUNDAMENTALISM, American-Style

Let’s get down to basics.  The Washington swamp must be drained, NOW. Sound familiar?  Right out of Donald Trump’s play book? Right out of father’s play book, also.  Throw the bums out; in the Sawyer household was a familiar refrain.  Fundamentalists like Buss reduce Technicolor-like complexity, to black and white simplicity.  The only thing in […]

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Ep 31: Old Men Like Me

Buss was a complex character. I eavesdropped on father as we were closing our neighborhood store—the night before Christmas—marking the end of the busy shopping season.  Just then a man entered, distraught, and engaged Buss clumsily.  Next, spontaneously, he exploded in tears. With a large family, he couldn’t afford presents for his kids.  Disabled and […]

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Ep 30: Jimmy The Communist

Mom, as she required I call her, was actually my paternal grandmother. At sixteen, a Texan, she ran off with a Missourian; Dad, as he required I call him. Today, George probably would be busted for carnal knowledge—even child rape. He was five years Nora’s senior. First they ran to turn-of-the-century Cheyenne where Nora lost […]

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Ep 29: Take The Money and Run

In my family of origin, father did not consider it irrational–or unethical—to…act out…politically, contrary to long-term self-interest. Buss did so, repeatedly. It had profound consequences for his wife and kids, however. Adam Smith, capitalism’s founder, was a moral philosopher, actually. He asked and answered questions about what constitutes moral behavior; both for individuals and for […]

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Ep 28: The Great Disconnect

Historically, Utahns espouse Enlightenment values of political liberty, free markets, limited government, responsibility and personal initiative.  As the political right sees it, this is their turf. Even so, this conservative Mormon state turned liberal in 1932, then stayed there until Dwight Eisenhower’s election two decades later.  Not so for Father.  His Ayn Rand obsession could never co-exist with […]

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Ep 27: Buss, The Redneck

Buss was a redneck, I suppose. Still, I want to be fair to father’s memory. I called him Buss. My paternal grandfather demanded we call him Dad. So, Buss was sort of a leftover name—one he accepted to keep peace across the generations. Buss no doubt voted against his economic self-interest—and against the interest of […]

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