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The Independent

The Snail’s Progress – Part 2

Among the things I discovered while rummaging through my stockpile of possessions are samples of my high school course-work. There are course outlines, some class notes and hand-outs, but most surprising are the term-papers and essays. I have assorted papers from several subjects including government, creative writing, history and English. For my English classes, I [...]

How Democracy Dies

Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.

The American Conservative, By Patrick J. Deneen, September 12

If there are two things that one is likely to hear from college faculty today, they are that 1. Students are too careerist, and 2. We need a more democratic society. They worry [...]

The Snail’s Progress

Over the past few weeks I have been sifting through old possessions. You see, I finally realized I have stored too much of my past. Combined with my wife’s and my son’s possessions, the total volume of old stuff chokes out any possibility of living space in our house. We live not so much in [...]

Did Someone Say Cockleburs?


   Some time ago, I wrote a post entitled Cockleburs of Culture and later added [...]

“Labor Day Musings” : Ian Welsh, 2007

Ian’s long Agonist post here from September 2007 starts:

Given that it’s Labor Day weekend let’s have a chat about labor – organized labor. If you take a look at the map[ here ], something may jump out at you, as it did me. Where Labor is strong – Democrats tend to win. Where Labor [...]

Chuck Bowden has died

I just read an email that says Chuck Bowden, my mentor, my dear friend, has died.

Words fail.

Does It Help to Know History?

The New Yorker, By Adam Gopnik, August 28

About a year ago, I wrote about some attempts to explain why anyone would, or ought to, study English in college. The point, I thought, was not that studying English gives anyone some practical advantage on non-English majors, but that it enables us to enter, as equals, [...]

Wherein I Have . . .

. . . random thoughts on post-modernism.

Gloom and Doom

I’ve been accused of being a doomer. Perhaps.

Allow me to state my case. I fully expect my argument to anger some of you. (Wonder how many Facebook “friends” will disappear? Oh well…)



Jacking off will make you go blind

My mind wanders while milking cows. I think of all the things going on in the world. Wars, everywhere, it seems.

People are going bat-shit insane around the world. Looking for someone to blame: invading Latin Americans. Moslem terrorists. Christian terrorists. Jewish terrorists. Republicans. Democrats…. (Must be the goddamned Democrats.)

Soccer games devolve into riots. [...]

American exceptionalism

I should be out working already.

I should have written more lately.

But I am not and I did not.

The work thing: I’m getting old and wearing out. Stress takes its toll. Nature waits on no one, but the day comes when you get left behind.

Writing: I think of one subject after another [...]

The PIIGS and MMT – An Exit Strategy for German Financial Colonies

This essay assumes the reader has some knowledge of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). For a primer on MMT please refer here.

Taking Ireland as an example, how would Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) fix the Problem?


Gabriel García Márquez | 1927-2014

Exuberant Master of Magic Realism

NYT -Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist, whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City.

Oops- Another obit posted previously by Raja in Newswire.

Michael Ruppert commits suicide

Michael Ruppert, author of Crossing the Rubicon took his own life with a gunshot to the head Sunday night.