Of Elementary Particles

  “Elementary particles are tiny subatomic objects that by virtue of their smallness are easy to accelerate to vast speeds.  They are referred to as elementary because, as far as we can tell with our current technology, they are the smallest...

Of Scientific Knowledge

  “With each new level of understanding, a more accurate worldview emerges.  The current worldview is never claimed to be correct, in the very important sense that there are no absolute truths in science.  The body of scientific knowledge at any...

Of the Individual

"A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.” —Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry (1871–1945, French poet, essayist, and philosopher) 

Of Civilization

  “Civilization, properly so called, might well be termed the organization of all those faculties that resist the mere excitement of sport.” —William James (1842-1910, American philosopher and psychologist)  

Of Shopping

  “I shop therefore I am.”   —Barbara Kruger (born January 26, 1945, American conceptual artist and collagist)

Of Sex

"Sex is an emotion in motion." -- Mae West (United States, 1893-1980)

Of Democratic Socialism

  The democratic socialist ideal has not been tried and found disappointing; it has been found ethically demanding and left untried.  

Of Knowledge

  “Hillel used to say, ‘He who does not increase his knowledge decreases it.’”   —Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers)  

Of the Democratic Party and a Successful Trump

  “What the Democratic Party refuses to acknowledge is that their policies help render possible Trump’s victory and that what they share with Trump is their mutual support for bankers, the rule of big corporations, neoliberalism, and the assumption...

Of the Other as a Menace to Society

  “Never forget that while Muslims might be under attack today, the authoritarian fanatics will come tomorrow for other religious and ethnic groups as well as for the dissenting journalists, environmentalists, feminists, intellectuals, students,...

Of Progress

  “John Maynard Keynes was not alone in thinking that motives bad in themselves might nonetheless be useful.  John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse—even Adam Smith in bolder moments—all granted such motives a positive role as an agent of...

Of Money

  “Making money cannot be the permanent business of humanity, for the simple reason that there is nothing to do with money except spend it.  And we cannot just go on spending.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money...

Of Wealth, Money and a Good Life

“What is wealth for?  How much money do we need to lead a good life?” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of Capitalism

  “Capitalism is a two-edged sword.  On the one hand, it has made possible vast improvements in material conditions.  On the other, it has exalted some of the most reviled human characteristics, such as greed, envy and avarice.” —Robert...

Of Economic Insatiability

  “Marxists contend that economic insatiability is a creation of capitalism, which will disappear with its abolition.  Christians argue that insatiability is the product of original sin.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is...

Of the Good Life

  “The good life does exist and can be known, and we ought to strive to live it.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of Having Enough

“Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” —Epicurus      

Of the House Republican "Health Scare" Bill

  The Republicans in the House have crafted a Health Care Bill to replace the ACA with the promise that insurance premiums and deductibles will be reduced.  Profiteering insurance companies will decide if premiums and deductibles will be reined in...

Of Health Care Policy

  The Republicans in the House have crafted a Health Care Bill to replace the ACA in order to make sure insurers can survive, not in order to make sure people can survive.  Let insurance companies disappear, and let us have a national health care...

Of Karl Marx and the Economists

  “The Paris Commune’s 1871 takeover of Paris shocked much of the world by demonstrating workers’ revolutionary potential.  The British bourgeoisie credited Karl Marx, a heretofore unknown German refugee residing in London, with an exaggerated...

Of Adam Smith and Workers

  “Adam Smith (1723–1790, Scottish economist, moral philosopher, and author of The Wealth of Nations) was full of contradictions.  Despite his individualist philosophy, workers’ individual qualities, other than a willingness to keep their noses to...

Of Household Savings

  “The household saving rate has fallen dramatically in many Western countries, which suggests that people are working longer hours not to save for their old age but to spend.  However, they may be ‘saving’ by buying houses and financial...