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The Rich Don’t Create Jobs
This is probably the most powerful video I’ve seen this year so far. Via Business Insider: “As the war over income inequality wages on, super-rich Seattle entrepreneur Nick Hanauer has been raising the hackles of his fellow 1-percenters, espousing the contrarian argument that rich people don’t actually create jobs. The position is controversial — so much so that TED is refusing to post a talk that Hanauer gave on the subject. National Journal reports today that TED officials decided not to put Hanauer’s March 1 speech up online after deeming his remarks “too politically controversial” for the site…”....
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God Loves A Cheerful Giver
Recently I was reading a book that was talking about the nature of giving from God’s perspective.  It was all good, included information I had heard before, but was good to hear again nonetheless.  And of course it mentioned the famous passage in 2 Corinthians 9:7. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. The primary message I’ve always taken away from this verse, and the materials that talk about it, it that God loves a giver.  God loves it when we give because...
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An Economic Fairy Tale
I think this has already made the rounds; perhaps my friends are behind the curve.  It may just be the result of increased political tension in an election year.  Several of my friends have posted this picture:             accompanied by the following text (it’s long, but worth the read; all typos are original to the text): An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would...
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The Original Occupiers
Lately, I’ve been catching some flack from people close to me.  Some of them have issues with a bumper sticker on my truck, the one you see in the picture at the beginning of this little ditty.  They didn’t like it, they said, because I couldn’t be sure it was the truth.  But, it is very much the truth; a truth that is attested to the very nature of Jesus’ birth, life and death.  He was born to a poor family, lived in an occupied country and was put to death by the state.  He’s not just with the 99%; He...
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Our Newest Holiday
I’m talking about Black Friday, of course; that orgy of greed that follows the one day out the year we’re supposed to stop and give thanks for all the good things we’ve experienced.  Each year, it seems to get worse, with stores opening earlier and earlier, forcing employees to to work on one of the few days set aside to spend with family. If that’s not bad enough, violence always seems to break out while  people  prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.  It doesn’t make sense.  But, every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the stores are filled with shoppers buying crap that they...
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That to Which Your Heart Clings: Diagnosing Consumerism
I try to be conscious of what I buy and what I eat, and to take an interest in where things are made, by who, for how much, and so on.  And yet, no matter how well I manage to do this, I remain a consumer.  I might purchase fair trade coffee and chocolate, but I’m still addicted to coffee and chocolate.  My wife tries to shop only for clothes made in the U.S., but she still really likes to shop.   So I started wondering how much of this is just human, and how much of it is culturally constructed....
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You Just Don’t Understand
“You just don’t understand.” In some way, we’ve all been on one side or another of that phrase.  Chances are good that you’ve said it to your parents at some point in your life.  And, if you’re a parent, chances are even better that it’s been said to you.  Most of the time, we use it to blow-off someone we’re tired of dealing with, a nice way of saying “I’m tired of wasting my time trying to convince someone as thick as you, so I’m done”. Trust me, I’m not trying to blow anyone off, here.  I said it because, in the case...
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Is Civil Disobedience The Only Hope?
Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize winning author shares some radical ideas.  He even calls the Tea Part classic fascism. What do you think?...
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The World Economy In 3 Minutes
How do you feel when he says the US Economy is owned by China?  ...
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