A CULTURE OF FRAUD?

Trump’s playing an economic and political role parallel with American President Herbert Hoover, from a century ago. Hoover’s the one that economists associate with a failed culture of orderliness.  Locked up with him in his dysfunctional, rigid thinking about how he believed the economic world should work, were millions of unemployed Americans. Sound familiar?

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Blog 6: Utah’s “Rules of the Road” [What I Propose]

A century-and-a-quarter ago, Utah’s Mormon culture yielded to a quest for statehood, culminating in 1896.  Once formally admitted to the Union however, the dominant religion returned to its “dance” with the secularism it had chosen to adopt.  This “truth dichotomy” continues into the present.  To out-of-state visitors, Utah’s culture warfare may appear as a “dust-up” […]

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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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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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