Paying Attention to Your Mind

"We do need to pay attention to what goes on in our minds, because that affects what we do." -- Paul Woodruff (1943-    ), First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea,    2005

Philosophical Debate

"A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher

Burglars and Financiers

"The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier." -- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright and critic

American Crimes

"My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way ." -- Alphonse "Scarface" Capone (1899-1947), U. S. gangster

Capitalist Crimes

"The man who is admired for the ingenuity of his larceny is almost always rediscovering some earlier form of fraud.  The basic forms are all known. The manners of capitalism improve.  The morals may not." -- John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006),...


"Call democracy a dream, if you will, but keep dreaming democracy." -- Paul Woodruff, First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea, 2005

Jesus of Nazareth

"Even as we forget Jesus in many ways, we remain fascinated by him." -- Marcus J. Borg, Jesus, 2006


"Human cognition is not everywhere the same.  Members of different cultures differ in their 'metaphysics,' or fundamental beliefs about the nature of the word.  The characteristic thought processes of different groups differ greatly. The...

Capitalism Versus Democracy: A Debate

R. A.: People have revolted against authority when its crimes are finally revealed. X. N.: But what exactly are you protesting here?  Are you protesting against authority? Or against the crimes committed by an authority? ...


"Where there is unity there is always victory." -- Publilius Syrus, Latin writer who lived in the first century B.C.E. "Working men of all countries, unite!" -- Karl Marx and Frederick Engels


"Tradition is the most sublime form of necrophilia." -- Hans Kudszus

Democracy: A Debate

M. P.: The anarcho-capitalist arrangement in Iceland lasted longer than most tyrannies. R. A.: Iceland? Anarcho-capitalist? M. P.: Would someone kindly explain what is right about the war on drugs, victim disarmament,...

Wealthy Fools

This is an answer to a comment posted by waynespiker: waynespiker wrote: I heard it said, "The richest folks aren't those who have the most but who need the least". Riches and richness can be found in so many things other than wealth...

Wealthy Fools

"He that is proud of riches is a fool. For if he be exalted above his neighbors because he hath more gold, how much inferior is he to a gold mine!" -- Jeremy Taylor, 1613-1667, English prelate and theological writer

Theory, Belief and Practice

R. A.: Theory can be confirmed only in and by practice; problems can be discovered and solved only in and by practice. M. P.: So then why say anything? R. A.: Why say anything? That's equivalent to asking:  Why think? If...


"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -- Albert Einstein

Christians and Capitalism

This is an answer to a comment posted by RRoe: RRoe wrote: The lack of property rights is what keeps much of the world in poverty. Ron Allen answers: In my opinion, the fact of poverty tells against alleged property rights. ...

Democracy: A Debate

J. M. H.: If your democratic majority can impose it's will upon me how is this just and anarchistic? R. A.: Every society must have rules, including an anarchist society. If there are normative rules, but no ruling class, in an...


"Jesus is the unique revelation of God -- only in Jesus has God become human." -- Marcus J. Borg


"Paradigms affect our seeing." -- Marcus J. Borg

Capitalism Versus Communism: A Debate

R. A.: In capitalism, freedom precludes fairness. M. P.: Much less than your system would. R. A.: The system I advocate -- democratic socialism, libertarian communism -- is precisely intended to combine and to couple...

Capitalism: A Definition

In The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics, edited by Iain McLean, Peter Burnham's article concisely defines the noun capitalism:  "A term denoting a distinct form of social organization, based on generalized commodity production, in which...

Capitalism: A Definition

The HarperCollins Dictionary of Economics, composed by Christopher Pass, Bryan Lowes, Leslie David, and Sidney Kronish, defines capitalism as: "a method of organizing an economy to produce goods and services,  Under this economic system, the...