Reality Redux

My last post was written in the absurdist vein because I felt ridiculous trying to tell anyone about reality. As I indicated, that doesn’t stop most people, so we need a way to talk about this subject without being patronizing and narcissistic as in: “I have the answers and you don’t.” One way for me […]

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This is, like, the most intimidating title evaaarrrhh! I switch to humor to mask my feelings of inadequacy In a different mood, enhanced by hubris and a legal substance or two (when I was writing the previous post) I thought I knew what reality was, or is, or, whatevaaarrrhh! It’s not working, just thinking about […]

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Getting back to Reality

There is no shortage of injunctions to “keep it real.” That’s one right there. Squaring your life with reality… …is at the heart of every religion and spiritual tradition out there, or should I say in there? It is the basis of psychology and its exhortations to be healthy (functional?), and, of course, teaching kids […]

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The Reach of Injustice

In the last post, I wrote about the ACEs study that showed a strong association between childhood abuse, neglect and mistreatment with poor school performance and behavior initially and elevated risk for health care problems later in life. I concluded by expressing my hope that the various communities and programs that use this study to […]

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And Neoliberalism for All – Part V

And Neoliberalism for All Well, even I know I got to stop writing about neoliberalism, but just one more. The last four characteristics of neoliberalism to discuss are: Financial objectives over social objectives Corporations over workers Reduce taxes for wealthy/corporations Criminalization  We have mostly covered the first three of these, so just a few comments […]

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And Neoliberalism for All – Part II

Growth at all costs Of course, capitalism is predicated in large part on growth — the more the better. But neoliberalism aimed to remove any conceivable constraint, including derailing regulations, instituting free trade agreements regardless of the effect on industry or workers, and removing external costs from the calculation. This last constraint is particularly important […]

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And Neoliberalism for All – Part I

Neoliberalism is a phase of capitalism which is a phase of civilization. While neoliberalism is an abysmal development in civilization, we cannot make the mistake of thinking that doing away with it or capitalism itself would somehow correct the towering problems facing humankind. But it wouldn’t hurt. Still, nothing that comes out of civilization can […]

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