Missouri Proposition A is a fundamental question for our country: Do we assume that the free market will, on its own, adequately distribute the fruits of capitalism to all participants, including the workers? Or do we assume that the free market must be moderated to ensure that its benefits are shared by everyone, including the workers? Do we use democracy to cause businesses to pay higher wages to their workers?
That, really, is what Proposition A is about. Do you believe in unmoderated capitalism, or moderated capitalism? Continue reading →
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For reasons known only to themselves, some Progressives seem intent on relabeling Democratic Capitalism as Democratic Socialism. Democrats are looking for a Big Idea – Why not good old fashioned Democratic Capitalism?
Let me explain to you why people that say they believe in socialism are so annoying. If I said “I believe in government by unicorns” you would laugh at me. But socialism is no more connected to reality than unicorns are.
OJ Simpson is once again on the news, with a previously unreleased interview. The commentary wrapped around the interview touched on the role of the OJ trial in pop culture. However it missed something far more important – the OJ Simpson trial as a sign of racial progress in our country. Continue reading →
To understand what’s gone wrong with our country, we have to start with what we got right. What we got right was a compromise in the 1930s, the created the democratic capitalist system that we have today.
Sometimes it seems as if "Conversation" has become a bad word in our country, as if talking to someone not in complete agreement with you is a sign of weakness. Sometimes it seems as if Anger is the only energizing force we allow ourselves. I believe in a different America. An America where two people can disagree but still respect the basic humanity of the other person. An America where it is possible to disagree without hate, to talk without shouting. I believe, even still, in the ideal of the United States of America, a democracy where each person has the right to pursue their own life, and have their own opinion. If our country is less great than it once was, it is because we have slipped away from this idea, this belief that all men and women have the right to choose the course of their own lives, and their own opinions. It is both the left and the right that have slipped away from this idea, allowed their anger to somehow convince themselves to question the humanity of the other side. Sometimes it seems that fighting anger with reason is impossible. But if history has proven anything, it is that reason does always eventually win. This blog is my effort to again have a conversation, to replace anger with reason. I hope you will join me in a conversation, and together we can recapture the faith in our country and our citizens that made America great.