Steve McEllistrem

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The New Corporate America

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More than 50 years ago, on January 17, 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against the growing power of the military-industrial complex. How have we done since then? Big corporations have only become more powerful. They don’t advocate for direct … Continue reading

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The Myth of Equal Opportunity

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There has never been equal opportunity in America. Sure, there’s always been opportunity, but it’s never been equal. The wealthy have always gotten better opportunities than the poor. Whites have always gotten better opportunities than blacks or Hispanics or Asians … Continue reading

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Why do some of us seem to embrace ignorance?

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There’s been a movement underway for the past two decades or so to embrace ignorance. It was born out of disgust at the hectoring of liberal intelligentsia from Harvard and other premier universities, who delighted in telling the rest of … Continue reading

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Justice

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I’ve been thinking about justice a lot lately. When we’re confronted with a major injustice, we eventually rise up and confront it. Consider slavery, which took centuries to eradicate and which still has not been eliminated completely (it exists in … Continue reading

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God or Not God?

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There is evidence of God everywhere. And there is evidence of the lack of a God everywhere. It all depends on your point of view. Some point to the intricacies of life, the sheer magnitude of chance that brought about … Continue reading

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Why We Need Regulation

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American business leaders like to say they’re over-regulated, and if government would just get out of the way, the free market would handle everything, self-correcting when necessary. Many of them think of government as an evil that should be kept … Continue reading

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Belief vs. Action

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Some people think that freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion give them the right to say or do pretty much whatever they want. However, these freedoms are not absolute. The most common example given is that … Continue reading

Freedom vs. Safety

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We all want to be safe. We want the military to keep us safe from terrorism; we want the police to keep us safe from criminals; we want the FBI to protect us from the mafia and other internal threats; … Continue reading

Perhaps

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I like dreaming Imagining things will someday be better than they are We will respect each other Listen to each other Resist judgment because we don’t know all the facts We’ll offer support and friendship And a dollar or two … Continue reading

Faith vs. Truth

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When we discover a “truth” we want to tell the world about it, for we are excited that we’ve learned this new thing and we want others to share our excitement. And sometimes, that’s a good thing. But sometimes it … Continue reading

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