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Blog 147. Is the Constitution Outdated?
Constitutional crises threaten when a single authority can direct all three branches of U.S. government. At present, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell can prevent or promote an appointment to the Supreme Court, stop any legislation, and enforce a party loyalty system that blindly follows the President. Continue reading
Blog 146. Constitutional Crisis?
I hear dire predictions of a “constitutional crisis.” Is this just crackbrained nonsense from anti-Trump media, or is it a reasoned argument? Continue reading
Blog 145. The Backyard Fence
In those neighborhoods where single-family houses still exist, back yards are usually fenced. So are some front yards. Why is this? What motivates us to put up fences when a once-popular western song was Don’t Fence Me In? Continue reading
Blog 143. Blaming the consequences of climate
We experience events, not the global situation, but the world seems simpler if we can trace each event to a cause. However, within a complex system, an event cannot be ascribed to a unique “cause.” Birds flock and fish school and the stock market tumbles due to the many interactions among the participating individuals. Continue reading
Blog 142. Saving souls at Salinas
This is a story about a fantastic place that few travelers find, a place once alive with intense human efforts and then abruptly left to the grass, trees, and brush. It’s a story of an American native society-I would call it “civilized”—that flourished and then disappeared. Continue reading
Blog 141. Migration and Immigration
As I write this, immigration is an issue where we would rather shut down the government than engage in reasoned analysis.Continue reading
Blog 139. American Angst Part 7 of 7: Synopsis
The main function of government is to protect the commons—those things that maintain and benefit society as a whole. That’s law and order. Continue reading