What Is Socialism?

Socialism has become an elastic term  -- flexible, variable, and adaptable. But, as a socialist, I must carefully define what I mean by socialism when I advocate socialism.  I have heard right-wing radio call Senator Bernie Sanders a "liberal...

Taxes

I've heard it said that there is no wealth tax, only an income tax.  Any yet, what are property taxes?  And what are sales taxes?                                                   

Manufacturing Capacity and National Security

I consider the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, and the closing of manufacturing plants to be a national security issue?  If and when a war is declared, then how does the United States convert manufacturing capacity into mass military...

Government

The debate between conservatives and liberals is about the role, the size, and the scope of government.  I would like to know opinions concerning the role, the size, and the scope of government.  What constitutes federal tyranny?  If the...

Majority-Rule Democracy

I have heard it said by philosophical democrats that a majority of the citizen population ought to decide public policy.  This is not accurate, not precise. In a democracy, all the citizens participate in decision-making, and the majority...

Truth

When it comes to truthfulness, sincerity, honesty, certainty, and principles it is important to remember that we are not working from a single version of the truth.                              

Small Businesses

In the last few years, 3 million small businesses have gone out of business. So much for escaping wage slavery, the dependency and helplessness of so many, the vulnerability of labor to market shifts, the compulsion of labor to gain access to...

Existential Philosophy

What is existential philosophy?  As concerns epistemology -- the theory of knowledge -- existential philosophy decides and resolves the value of knowledge -- its relative worth, or its cognitive merit -- not in relation to truth but according...

The Debt Ceiling Debate: Some Thoughts

Who will benefit from the current debt ceiling conflict?  Think about it. If the credit rating of the U. S. government is downgraded, or denigrated, then the interest rate the government will have to pay will be elevated. Usually, a lower...

Logic

"Error has its own logic, just as truth does. -- Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1857-1918, Russian Menshevik philosopher)                                                   

African Wisdom

"Through others I am somebody." -- African saying                                                   

Happiness, Freedom, and Courage

"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage."   -- Thucydides (c460-c400 B.C., Greek historian)                                    

Faith and Doubt

"If a man has strong faith he can indulge in the luxury of skepticism."   -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)                                     

Disobedience, Freedom, and Reason

"Any act of disobedience, as any act of freedom, is the beginning of reason."   -- Eric Fromm (1900-1980, German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and author)                                        

Tradition

"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer." -- William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, English writer)                                                    

Truth and Time

"Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority."   -- Francis Bacon (1561-1626, English essayist, philosopher, and statesman)                                 

Prediction and Control

"We can predict what we can control." -- Anonymous                                                     

The Market

Those who believe in the free market will often say:  The market is never wrong."  I cannot believe in something if it's never mistaken, never out of order.                   

Social Security

Ideological conservatives seem to believe that social security is a government handout.  Social security is a contractual obligation; it is not a government charity.                         

Adversity

"Adversity creates awareness." -- Anonymous                              

Bad Moods

"A person in a bad mood is like a person with a bad odor." -- Anonymous                                    

Social Order

There can be social order, social peace, social organization, social solidarity, etc. without the modern oligarchic state.  Social order does not spring from the state.                                                        

The Wisdom of the Romans: The National Budget

"The national budget must be balanced.  The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled.  Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt.  People...

Revolution

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."   -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963, 35th president of the United States    1961-1963)                         ...

Success

"Success has always been the worst of liars."   -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)