Saturday, June 29, 2019
Another invitation to thinking things through from Benjamin Studebaker. It's about how to handle all that student debt.
Find it here: https://benjaminstudebaker.com/2019/06/27/the-case-for-combining-tuition-free-college-with-debt-relief/?fbclid=IwAR2cn00XMCNiwZsO6hcWvqdGHETgFD3tji-V2y5rrTiaEZsRO2SJFW8BfIU
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Here is Umair Haque saying it again, another way. (Referring to previous article here: https://eand.co/why-didnt-america-become-part-of-the-modern-world-dac6d65e9015 )
I think he is exaggerating the ubiquity of this attitude, but not its self-destructiveness. It is the classic adolescent male attitude, on steroids. It is the "independence" that we pride ourselves on, the "rugged individualism" that we laud in our movies and TV programs. It is the "Argument Culture" that Deborah Tannen wrote about in the book of the same name. It is the immature human denying culture and science and going by his infant "gut feelings". It is the fact that our country's idea of a mature man has become what used to be a silly adolescent instead of actual maturity. This is also explained in the article I sent you about the two Moral Modes.
This makes me think of the old Union song, "Which Side are You On?" Why can't we get the people who are on the other side, the one that considers all of us worth respecting and helping, to get out and vote the ones out who don't believe that way? Why won't they vote?
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Here's a fairly short article from Forbes -- a pretty conservative magazine. Apparently even the moneyed class is starting to realize that the current state of our economy is unsustainable. Their suggestions for fixing it, however, are amusing, but probably not viable.
FInd it here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergeorgescu/2018/08/22/americas-real-economy-it-isnt-booming/?fbclid=IwAR2dvCbpdHPJ7ZhR3-yyNDIZnJLtPGrxkyWpOC_WchNC-92jqA2ShEhpjY0#426f3ec060b7
Monday, June 17, 2019
short article on how dire our situation is. I think there is some truth to the idea that most of what you hear is sticking with the most optimistic estimates of when we are doomed.
Find it here: https://www.cntraveller.in/story/world-environment-day-humans-will-perish-31-years-warns-latest-climate-change-study/#s-custpetalclouds-terminal-4