A March of Stupidity

What a tumultuous new year it has been.  The election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency of the United States of America has been met with anything but peace and conciliation.  Since Trump’s victory back in November, massive rallies, calls for impeachment, violence and just about everything else you can imagine immediately ensued.  In the…

No joke,Venezuela can’t afford to export oil

The “I told you so” meme is becoming really tiring. Beyond the obvious environmental risks, it’s doubly bad news for Venezuela, a country in dire economic straits and full-fledged crisis, with a political impasse, looting, dangerous food and health supply shortages, and massive protests. Venezuela is massively reliant on oil exports to bankroll government services. But the…

Withdrawing from TPP will Make America Poor Again

Nice article on the economic consequences of protectionism, concerning Trump’s recent executive order against TPP.  Another analysis of trade restrictions can be found here from the Foundation for Economic Education.  And no, free trade (NAFTA, TPP or otherwise) isn’t destroying the manufacturing sector, as has been pointed out time and time again. Particularly hard hit will be low income…

From Sensitivity to Theocracy

Cultural Criticism: The Moral Imperative Self-criticism is the one unforgeable signature of our humanity.  Without this essential quality, there would be no marked difference between us and our mammalian cousins.  The English philosopher John Locke underscored this observation best when he quipped that “beasts abstract not”. But more importantly is the fact that coupled with…

Where it all started

It is in large part because of people like Bernie Sanders and his methodically simple approach to profoundly difficult social and economic problems that we have arrived at a post-truth era of presidential politics.  There was not and still is not a conundrum of fiscal or economic policy with which people like Sanders are not equipped to address by…

Hindus are the Best Educated in U.S.

This entire election cycle was about how “shattered” the American dream is for so many.  Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump filled our heads with ideas about “poverty” and  “inequality” destroying the American middle class.  But, how cutthroat is this capitalism that it undermines the average American, while sparing the brown-skinned minorities? Hindus are also most likely…