Tag Archives: politics

April 2, 2009

Moral philosophy and cynicism – are you a cynic?

Simon Critchely, author of “The Book of Dead Philosophers”, wrote in the NY Times on 4/2/2009 that “perhaps this recession will make cynics of us all.”   He explains this logic by stating that “cynicism is a moral protest against hypocrisy and cant in politics and excess and thoughtless self-indulgence in the conduct of life.” The […]

Economics and politics
April 1, 2009

Affluenza – do you have it?

Maureen Dowd in the NY Times today said that we are currently struggling to get over our “affluenza.  That condition, the bane of the middle class, is defined in a book of the same name as ‘a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.’” […]

Economics and politics
July 15, 2008

I.O.U.S.A

Peter Peterson, co-founder of the Blackstone Group, plans to spend $1BILLION to alert Americans to the very real danger of the increasing debt burden according to an article in the NY Times National section on July 14, 2008. Part of his strategy is the documentary film “I.O.U.S.A”. He “wants people to focus on what he […]

Economics and politics
July 10, 2008

Education, hard work & economic freedom

David Brooks in the NY Times Op-Ed piece on July 29th, says that the US became the leading econmic power of the 20th century because of the “ferocious belief that people have the power to transform their own lives (which) gave Americans an unparalleled commitment to education, hard work and economic freedom.” He cites the […]

Economics and politics