Monthly Archives: September 2011

Albert King, Live 1970

Lately I’m entranced by the slashing wail of Albert King’s guitar playing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVtYKVaz9xY What’s entrancing you of late?  

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The Dialectic of Job Creation

Scott Brown was asked recently to comment on Elizabeth Warren and he, predictably, refused. He said that he wasn’t going to weigh in on the field of Democratic candidates for the senate seat he now holds but, as a way … Continue reading

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Review and Rehearsal

Several years ago I read J. Allan Hobson’s The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness and though I found the book somewhat frustrating, as I wrote in this review, I did learn a thing or two from it. First … Continue reading

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Fundamentalism vs. Liberalism

I just realized that in two recent posts, one on class warfare and the other on the Web, I raised the issue of “neutrality.” In the first instance, I was considering the neutrality of the state and specifically the liberal, constitutional … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren, Class Warfare, and the Nature of Wealth

Elizabeth Warren has been enjoying a kind of viral popularity on Facebook due to some statements she made, apparently as part of her stump speech, which can be summed up with these words, “There is nobody in this country who … Continue reading

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FM Radio: Gateway to the Unknown!

When I was in 7th grade, my brother started having trouble falling asleep. Turned out that the local easy listening station, KJOY, could help him settle into slumber, so that’s what we, who shared a room, listened to at bedtime. … Continue reading

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Is There a “Neutral” Space in the World?

There are (at least) two worlds. There is the physical world, the “real” world, where spatial distance makes a big difference. For example, depending on which side of the United States’ border with Mexico you live, you may actually find … Continue reading

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A Contradiction I Found in Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”

John Galt says to Dagny Taggart, “Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever.” So what does it mean that Rand uses a fictional character to express her philosophy (Galt’s epic and exhausting speech) as well as a … Continue reading

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Blogging Every Day

Somebody told me, “You could have it made/But you talk too much.” – from “Secret Face” If I’m going to blog everyday, I’m going to have to keep this stuff mercifully brief. Which will mean going against my nature. Does … Continue reading

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In Praise of Generic Music

Back in the old days, if someone asked me what kind of music I liked, I would generally answer, “Jazz, rock, and classical.”

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