Blog 5: Why Believing isn’t Knowing

If you’re a believer and not a knower, your lack of knowing ought to be acknowledged publicly, whenever you place your beliefs on public display. Do you know which you are?  Knower or believer?  It varies of course, with the proposition encountered.  Is your favored proposition, one with a basis in verifiable knowledge?  Or instead, do you assert it as reality although it can be defended by little more than belief?

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Blog 4: Don’t Get Scooped!

It seemed as though I was living through a scene from Pleasantville, although the film wouldn’t be produced for another thirty years. The Governor’s Chief of Staff was clear.  If they don’t come up to participate in the political process at the Utah capitol, then we’ll go down to meet them at Mormon Church headquarters.  […]

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Blog 3: Don’t Litter or We’ll Send You to Utah!

What’s the link between Utah and capitalismincrisis.org?  I’ll explain. Consider a sign posted on the Boston Common, put there to dissuade messy picnickers five decades ago.  Don’t Litter or We’ll Send You to Utah, it threatened humorously.  It’s an illustration of why for some, Utah was and perhaps still is, a four-letter word. (Some consider […]

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Blog 2: Pleasantville

Was I a stupid kid or what?  Sometimes I wonder.  I  think of myself then as a responsible kid who usually did the right thing.  But I remember being conflicted by the usual adolescent urges when I was 16. An attractive Payson High School coed yelled “Don’t Look!” as she burst into the only available […]

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Blog 1: The Way We Were

Show me where you grew up, she implored.  So I did.  Together, Renae and I packed our SUV and headed West in the dead of Winter, away from Colorado’s Front Range, toward Ogden, one day’s drive.  We sped along I-80, passing forlorn little towns with forlorn names like Green River and Rock Springs. As the […]

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Tip 36: Death and Despair: Where’s America’s Hopefulness?

The Great Recession has also become the Great Divider, not unlike the Civil War.  Now as then, America’s new great divide splits along a fault line pitting big losers against big winners, politically and economically.  Such is the root cause of America’s cultural warfare.  Tragically, many who call themselves winners are what capitalismincrisis.org names as […]

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Tip 35: New York Times Op-ed, October 18, 2019

By The Editorial Board The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. The Crisis of the Republican Party The G.O.P. will not be able to postpone a reckoning on Donald Trump’s presidency for much longer. In the summer of […]

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Tip 34: Faith. Family. Firearms.

They’re protected by God and Guns. See what Blues need to know about the Republican “base” in Donald Trump’s world. Check out this plaintive, reactionary message from Christian country singer Josh Thompson. Economic numbers speak for themselves. In ex-urban and rural congressional districts, workers are older, whiter, less educated and more male than in Blue […]

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Tip 33: Playing Dirty: What’s Driving Republicans?

According to political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, for a political party to accept losing and continue to support America’s political system as-is in the face of uncertainty about the party’s future, two conditions must hold.  One, its supporters must feel secure about losing today; that ruinous consequences will not be unleashed tomorrow; and […]

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Tip 32 What Motivates Losers?  Why Do They Risk So Much?

Republicans fear by sticking to conventional political rules, they’ll lose even more.  Economically, they’ve already lost much.  According to Levitsky and Ziblatt, authors of Why Democracies Die, this sort of “do or die” strategy is a threat to democratic stability. How so?  Economics provides the underlying clue.  Their congressional voting districts, rural and ex-urban, are […]

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