Why Christians should not want the Government to Define Marriage

Social Conservatives want a Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage

Social conservatives have been put on the defensive by gay activists who have been getting laws passed that support homosexual marriages. They have reacted by promoting laws and constitutional amendments in the states and the federal government that would define marriage as a union of . . . → Read More: Why Christians should not want the Government to Define Marriage

Private lives, public responsibility

Today’s New York Times (May 16, 2011) carries an important conversation entitled, Questions Raised About a Code of Silence about the French journalistic habit of protecting the private lives, especially the sexual lives of elected and other public figures.

These reflections come in the wake of the attempted rape (among other charges) leveled against IMF . . . → Read More: Private lives, public responsibility

Israel and Palestine: Two State Solution

Often sophisticated and complex analysis and proscription are generated at great cost and investment, involving massively influential individuals and institutions.

Experts in many fields are commissioned and projects expand. But attention to the underlying values assumptions in such massive investments often is overlooked.

Look at longstanding question of a “two state solution” from the most . . . → Read More: Israel and Palestine: Two State Solution

Creating a U.S. Tax System that Works

Most taxes are based on envy, not sound economic principles

7 Things Corporations will Do Before Paying Taxes

It is foolish and counterproductive to tax corporations. Because corporations are driven by economic principles, rather than political ones, they will go to great lengths to . . . → Read More: Creating a U.S. Tax System that Works

On democracy and free elections

Democracy cannot exist only as a slogan. Is constituent elements, and the entirety of the process must be considered in demands for “democracy,” and in efforts to bring stable democratic conditions to obtain.

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The problem with attacking Libya

This article, published in Digital Journal calls on world leaders to shed antiquated habits and orientation of vying blocs and nation states, and use the Middle East uprisings as an opportunity to develop instincts for international relations that more genuinely attend to the emergence of true human freedom and equality as a top priority.

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Reports from Sendai, Japan

Praise to Ode Magazine, that bylines itself as “The online community for intelligent optimists.” to me, a very hard niche to carve out and hold interest. So many of us intuit the need for media reform, but many, including me, I’m afraid persist as “non-reformers” in my impulses, habits, and consumption.

For this reason the . . . → Read More: Reports from Sendai, Japan

The Tea Party Revolution in the United States

Tea Party Patriots demonstrating in Washington, D.C.

While we watch revolutions for political democracy in Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, we are distracted from thinking about the revolution aimed at economic democracy growing in the United States. This revolution, symbolized by the Tea Party, is leading a growing demand for restructuring the taxation and spending habits . . . → Read More: The Tea Party Revolution in the United States

Rejection of truth by scholars

Abstract: In the following piece, contributor Mitchell40 posits the view that Jesus of Nazareth deliberately gathered disciples from a mix of educational backgrounds. Mitchell40 recommends that the fishermen, though lacking formal education, had an innate grasp of nature and truth through their work and their lives, and that this provided a good dialogical counter point . . . → Read More: Rejection of truth by scholars

Economic Theory must Learn to Value Land, Labor, and Money

Abstract: Externalities to the supply and demand curve—land, money, and labor—are not properly accounted for in contemporary economic theory. This lacuna leads to a failure to understand and critique the problems of economic rent that creates consolidated wealth without work at the expense of those who work and deserve the fruits of their labor. The . . . → Read More: Economic Theory must Learn to Value Land, Labor, and Money