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The Power of Hope to Dismantle a Political-economic System of Inequality

Nietzsche observes, “Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.” Basically, distrust every optimistic theory. In other words, Nietzsche’s response to the tragedy of life is neither resignation nor self-denial, but a … Continue reading

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Opportunities Lost: The True Cost of the American Dream

The “American Dream” has always been about the prospect of success, but 100 years ago, the phrase meant the opposite of what it does now. The original “American Dream” was not a dream of individual wealth; it was a dream … Continue reading

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In Steve Bannon’s Brave New World Populism Is a Smoke Screen

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, published in 1932, describes an intelligence-based social hierarchy and social conditioning that creates a utopian society. Steve Bannon sows disinformation in order to create alternative facts that support his ‘globalist’ conspiracy theory. Steve Bannon’s brave … Continue reading

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Toward a Successful Society: a New Model of Democracy

Democracy is a political system of competition for power. Functional democracy is a form of democracy that functions in the interest of the people. In a democracy the people are sovereign – they are the highest form of political authority. … Continue reading

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Building a Community of Leaders and a Real Fourth Estate

In Europe, going back to medieval times, the people who participated in the political life of a country were generally divided into three classes or estates. The Fourth Estate is a societal power, force or institution whose influence is not … Continue reading

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Paradox of Social Action Analysis of the Unexpected Revisited

Neoliberalism, a policy model that advocates the control of economic factors to the private sector from the public sector, has been a dominant ideology since the 1980s. Economic growth is the main purpose of the neoliberal agenda; it is becoming … Continue reading

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Recession Hurts While Austerity Kills Dreams and People

Since 2008 trickle-down economics has been kept alive by the austerity delusion – combined inordinate fear with buoyant optimism – of the rich, the bankers, the mainstream economists and the media rather than reality. It has been a decade since … Continue reading

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Today’s Metanarrative Hides an Assault on Truth and Reality

More than 30 years ago, academics started to discredit “truth” as one of the ‘grand narratives,’ or a metanarrative which clever people could no longer bring themselves to believe in. Instead of “the truth”, which was to be rejected as … Continue reading

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Seeking Happiness Seems to be Part of System Justification

An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities – neoliberalism favors certain personality traits and penalizes others. Our society constantly proclaims that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough, all … Continue reading

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Maintaining the Illusion of Prosperity is Critical to the Economy

The illusion that the standard of living has not dropped during a period of wage stagnation is because of non-mortgage forms of debt. The financial crisis of 2008 was in part the result of a consumer that had exhausted their … Continue reading

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