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Governing without the politics

How do you build an organizational structure for public enterprises while minimizing the negative impact of bad actors, such as fascist political parties?

Solving the Faux Immigrant Problem

How do crony capitalism and a corrupt political system account for decades of stagnant wages, high health care costs, crumbling infrastructure, and increasing homelessness?

By blaming it on immigrants.

Mexico Will Not Pay for the Wall

Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, responded to Donald Trump's call for Mexico to pay for the construction of Trump's wall.

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Bush begat ISIS

ISIS exists today mainly because of significant mistakes made in 2003 by Paul Bremer, the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Bremer was appointed by President George W Bush and followed the direction of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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Propaganda and the Heavy Press

A 1947 U.S. Department of Defense film describes how both the U.S. and the Soviet Union removed heavy metal presses from German factories after WWII. The film portrays the U.S. removal of these presses as war reparations. It describes the Soviet removal of presses as theft despite the Soviets being a U.S. ally during the war and suffering far greater losses than the U.S.

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GOP Gun Confiscation

Republican administration seizes guns; murder rate declines by a factor of 7.7 times!

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Free speech and censorship

Picking a side in political debates is sometimes dead simple. Kids in cages is definitely bad. Raising the minimum wage is obvious. Free speech and censorship is not simple.

Herb Block cartoon

Herb Block

Herb Block was an American political cartoonist best known for his commentaries on national domestic and foreign policy. His cartoons appeared in newspapers from about 1930 until his death in 2001.

Herb Block cartoon

Political Patronage

You can get an idea of a presidential administration's desire to put country ahead of party and politics by its political patronage.

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Achille Lauro Hijacking

The May 2021 forced landing of a Ryanair flight by a Belarusian fighter jet reminds me of the time the U.S. forced down an EgyptAir jet in response to the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship.

Felony Disenfranchisement

Felony Disenfranchisement

Why should you care about felony disenfranchisement?
Because it helped Donald Trump become president in 2016.

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Japan Constitution

How the United States wrote Japan's constitution.

Vietnam Anti-war

Debunking Vietnam Anti-War Myths

This article contradicts the popular right-wing lore regarding the Vietname anti-war movement. It was not just 'dirty hippies' who protested the war. It was students, mothers, fathers, preachers, priests, college professors, etc. While you may disagree with Jane Fonda's visit to North Vietnam, her visit occurred late in the war - well after the anti-war movement was in full swing.

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Limbaugh's Burrowing Lesbians

Today, Rush Limbaugh said, “I never before in my life knew that lesbians wanted to be farmers. I never knew that lesbians wanted to get behind the horse and the plow and start burrowing.”